The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2001 - History - 384 pages
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Even before the Pilgrims landed in 1620, Cape Cod and its islands promised paradise to visitors, both native and European. In Paul Schneider's sure hands, the story of this waterland created by glaciers and refined by storms and tides -- and of its varied inhabitants -- becomes an irresistible biography of a place.

Cape Cod's Great Beach, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket are romantic stops on Schneider's roughly chronological human and natural history. His book is a lucid and compelling collage of seaside ecology, Indians and colonists, religion and revolution, shipwrecks and hurricanes, whalers and vengeful sperm whales, glorious clipper ships and today's beautiful but threatened beaches. Schneider's superb eye for story and detail illuminates both history and landscape. A wonderful introduction, it will also appeal to the millions of people who already have warm associations with these magical places.
  

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Review: The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket

User Review  - Kevin Symmons - Goodreads

As a long-time summer resident of Cape Cod, serious boater, and history buff I found this book a joy to read. Full of stories about ancient peoples and voyages of discovery, vivid descriptions of ... Read full review

Review: The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket

User Review  - David Hurley - Goodreads

This is actually a very engaging read. One does not have to be a resident or visitor to this part of the country to enjoy this book. Especially the fascinating pre-colonial history of the area. It ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
CAPAWACK
3
CUTTYHUNK
8
VINEYARD SOUND
16
NAUSHON
24
TARPAULIN COVE
34
CHATHAM
42
NASHAWENA
49
OVER THE BAR
166
SANKATY HEAD
180
THE GULF STREAM
190
CLAY POUNDS
203
AWAITE PAWANA
215
CAPE VERDE
217
THE HORN
233
HOME
254

GOLGOTHA
64
PROVINCETOWN
74
LONG POINT
83
TRURO
92
PLYMOUTH
98
BARNSTABLE
108
MANOMOYIK
113
SANDWICH
123
THE SOUTH SHORE
139
NANTUCKET
145
INTO THE BLUE
264
SOUTH PACIFIC
276
OUT OF THE BLUE
290
THE GREAT BEACH
303
OAK BLUFFS
307
SCORTON CREEK
322
Notes
329
Index
345
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About the author (2001)

Paul Schneider, author of the highly praised and successful The Adirondacks, a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, lives with his wife and child in Martha's Vineyard.

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