39 Facts About Cape Cod


Cape Cod is a peninsula extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States.

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The Cape Cod is divided into fifteen towns, several of which are in turn made up of multiple named villages.

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Since 1914, most of Cape Cod has been separated from the mainland by the Cape Cod Canal.

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Several small islands right off Cape Cod, including Monomoy Island, Monomoscoy Island, Popponesset Island, and Seconsett Island, are in Barnstable County.

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Cape Cod in particular is a popular retirement area; 27.

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Cape Cod is majority Democrat, but by a smaller margin than the rest of Massachusetts.

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The Cape Cod Canal, completed in 1916, connects Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay; its creation shortened the trade route between New York and Boston by 62 miles.

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Barnstable, the most populated municipality on Cape Cod, is the only one to have adopted a city form of government, whose legislative body is an elected 13-member council.

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Geologically speaking, Cape Cod is quite young, having been laid down some 16, 000 to 20, 000 years ago.

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The entire town of Provincetown, at the extreme tip of the Cape Cod, is a spit consisting largely of deposited marine sediment that was eroded and transported from farther south along the shore.

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Geologists say that due to erosion, the Cape Cod will be completely submerged by the sea within several thousand years.

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Cape Cod's climate is known for a delayed spring season due to the sea remaining cold from the winter; by the same token, the summer heat retained in the sea moderates fall temperatures in comparison to the adjacent inland area.

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Cape Cod has been the home of the indigenous Wampanoag for centuries prior to European colonization.

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Cape Cod was killed later in the same journey, and is said to have been returned to this spot for burial.

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Cape Cod named Martha's Vineyard Claudia, after Claude of France, the wife of Francis I of France.

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In 1602, Bartholomew Gosnold named the tip Cape Cod, the surviving term and the ninth oldest English place-name in the U S Samuel de Champlain charted its sand-silted harbors in 1606, and Henry Hudson landed there in 1609.

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Cape Cod was among the first places settled by Puritan colonists in North America.

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The Cape Cod developed as a large fishing and whaling center as a result, and because of its geographic position.

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Cape Cod became a summer haven for city dwellers beginning at the end of the 19th century.

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The relaxed summer environment offered by Cape Cod was highlighted by writers including Joseph C Lincoln, who published novels and countless short stories about Cape Cod folks in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and the Delineator.

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Cape Cod is connected to the mainland by a pair of canal-spanning highway bridges, the Bourne and Sagamore that were constructed in the 1930s.

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Entire Cape is roughly bisected lengthwise by U S Route 6, locally known as the Mid-Cape Highway and officially as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.

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Commercial air service to Cape Cod operates out of Cape Cod Gateway Airport and Provincetown Municipal Airport.

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Third bridge over the Cape Cod Canal is a vertical-lift railroad bridge, providing an alternative land transport option.

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Cape Cod Central Railroad is a heritage railroad on Cape Cod.

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Bicycle and pedestrian access to the Cape Cod is possible via a sidewalk on the southbound side of the Bourne Bridge.

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Cape Cod has a year-round population of about 220, 000, and it experiences a tourist season each summer, the beginning and end of which can be roughly approximated as Memorial Day and Labor Day, respectively.

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The town is home to the Cape Cod's most attended art museum, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

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Cape Cod is a popular destination for beachgoers from all over, with 559.

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The Cape Cod has upwards of sixty public beaches, many of which offer parking for non-residents for a daily fee.

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Cape Cod is popular for its outdoor activities, such as beach walking, biking, boating, fishing, go-karts, golfing, kayaking, miniature golf, and unique shopping.

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Cape Cod is known around the world as a spring-to-fall destination for sport anglers.

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In 1946, the local town teams from the prewar County Twilight League and Lower Cape Cod League organized under the Cape Cod Baseball League banner.

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High school football teams on the Cape Cod have recently become successful and the region has become a hot-spot for college recruiting.

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Soccer on Cape Cod is represented by the Cape Cod Crusaders, playing in the USL Premier Development League based in Hyannis.

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Cape Cod is the home of the Cape Cod Cubs, a new junior league hockey team that is based out of Hyannis at the new community center being built on Bearses Way.

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Bourne offers the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, Harwich offers the Lighthouse Charter School for elementary and middle school students, and Falmouth offers Falmouth Academy.

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Cape Cod generated a distinctive Cape style house and Cape lighthouse.

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Artist Edward Hopper owned a summer house in Truro, and painted numerous Cape Cod scenes including Corn Hill, Highland Light, North Truro, Rich's House, High Road (1931), House on Dune Edge (1931), Cold Storage Plant (1933), and Cottages at North Truro (1936).

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