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History of Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA

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Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA

Provincetown, Barnstable, MA

The Mayflower first came to Provincetown, not Plymouth.

Provincetown is referred to as "America’s First Destination." Contrary to what you may have been told, the Mayflower did not first land in Plymouth. Only after signing the Mayflower Compact, the country’s first democratic document, did they move on to Plymouth five weeks after landing in search of better water and soil. matadornetwork.com

Provincetown includes: Peaked Hill (High Head), Race Point, West End, Wood End, East End, Long Point, and Mayflower Heights.
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  • 1700 - Provincetown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1727 - Provincetown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - PROVINCETOWN. [Pop. 2,122. Inc. 1727.]
    Provincetown was originally a part of Truro. It lies at the very extremity of the peninsula, forming a sort of claw, to an arm, which the county...Read MORE...


  • News 1853 - Loss of Schooner Pledge.
    Captain Chapman, his brother, and two men, belonging to the fishing schooner Pledge, of Provincetown, which was run down and sunk on Grand Banks, by...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Provincetown
    Provincetown, a post-township in Barn stable co., Massachusetts. This is a noted fishing place, on the extreme point of Cape Cod, 50 miles E. S. E....Read MORE...


  • Provincetown Massachusetts, 1890
    Provincetown is one of the most unique towns of the Commonwealth. It occupies the extreme northern point of Barnstable County and Cape Cod; and is,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Provincetown
    Prov'incetown, a post-village in Provincetown township, Barnstable co., Mass., at the northern extremity of the long peninsula called Cape Cod. It is ...Read MORE...


  • Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Church Spire
    Provincetown, Mass.
  • 1906
    Provincetown, a banking post-village and summer-resort of Provincetown township (town), Barnstable co., Mass., at the northern extremity of Cape Cod...Read MORE...


  • Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
    New Central House, Provincetown, Mass.
  • News 1927 - December 17 – The U.S. submarine S-4 is accidentally rammed and sunk by the United States Coast Guard cutter John Paulding off Provincetown, Massachusetts, killing everyone aboard despite several unsuccessful attempts to raise the submarine.

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    December 17, 1927

  • Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
    Easterly on Commercial Street, Provincetown, Mass.
  • News 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...The main street of Provincetown, Mass., on the tip of Cape Cod, was under water and civilian defense forces evacuated 23 persons from the Cape Cod ...Read MORE...




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New Central House, Provincetown, Mass.

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Easterly on Commercial Street, Provincetown, Mass.
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  • 1700 - Provincetown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1727 - Provincetown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - PROVINCETOWN. [Pop. 2,122. Inc. 1727.]
    Provincetown was originally a part of Truro. It lies at the very extremity of the peninsula, forming a sort of claw, to an arm, which the county... Read MORE...

  • News  1853 - Loss of Schooner Pledge.
    Captain Chapman, his brother, and two men, belonging to the fishing schooner Pledge, of Provincetown, which was run down and sunk on Grand Banks, by... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Provincetown
    Provincetown, a post-township in Barn stable co., Massachusetts. This is a noted fishing place, on the extreme point of Cape Cod, 50 miles E. S. E.... Read MORE...

  • Provincetown Massachusetts, 1890
    Provincetown is one of the most unique towns of the Commonwealth. It occupies the extreme northern point of Barnstable County and Cape Cod; and is,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Provincetown
    Prov'incetown, a post-village in Provincetown township, Barnstable co., Mass., at the northern extremity of the long peninsula called Cape Cod. It is ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Provincetown, a banking post-village and summer-resort of Provincetown township (town), Barnstable co., Mass., at the northern extremity of Cape Cod... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - December 17 – The U.S. submarine S-4 is accidentally rammed and sunk by the United States Coast Guard cutter John Paulding off Provincetown, Massachusetts, killing everyone aboard despite several unsuccessful attempts to raise the submarine.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 17, 1927
  • News  1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...The main street of Provincetown, Mass., on the tip of Cape Cod, was under water and civilian defense forces evacuated 23 persons from the Cape Cod ... Read MORE...

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