By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 15, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we land on Cape Cod.

Feeling Rich?

Cape Cod was first seen by Europeans on May 15, 1602 (well, not sure about the Vikings).  The expedition led by British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold anchored here.  He coined the name Cape Cod.  Interestingly, it is the ninth oldest place name still used in the U.S.

There are many beaches, which attracted people to visit the Cape over the years in the summer.  Many well-to-do have second or third houses there and many retire on Cape Cod. 

The darker side of Cape Cod and nearby Nantucket is the whaling industry of yesteryear.  Ships set out from this area for the prized whale oil in the 1800s.

This is one quarter of a massive map by the US Topographical Engineers and this section shows the tip of Cape Cod from 1833.

Cape Cod Bay – Circa 1833 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.