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Wellfleet, Barnstable, MA

Captain Lorenzo Dow Baker, the man responsible for mass-scale banana importing in the country, was born and raised in Wellfleet. In 1870, Baker took his ship to Venezuela, and on his way back to New York City, stopped in Jamaica to pick up a few bunches of bananas. Unfortunately, the produce spoiled by the time he reached the United States. Undeterred, Baker returned to Jamaica the following year and picked some green bananas, which ripened on his way home.

Baker earned a substantial profit from these bananas, as he could purchase a bunch for 25 cents and then sell it for $3, the equivalent of nearly $60 in 2018 prices. He would turn this practice into a very successful business where he'd make his fortune.
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Wellfleet includes: Billingsgate, Dogtown, Fresh Brook, Money Hill, Packertown, and Pawmet.
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  • 1724 - Wellfleet is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - WELLFLEET. [Pop. 2,377. Inc. 1763.]
    Wellfleet was formerly the north part of Eastham, and extends across the peninsula.

    From this town to the extremity of Cape Cod, is a...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Wellfleet
    Wellfleet, a post-township of Barnstable co., Massachusetts, on the northern part of the peninsula of Cape Cod, 65 miles by water and 100 by land S....Read MORE...


  • 1884 - Wellfleet
    The territory comprising this town was formerly included in Eastham, and until the period of its separation their political history is inseparably...Read MORE...


  • Wellfleet Massachusetts, 1890
    Wellfleet is an interesting fishing and commercial town in the northeasterly part of Barnstable County, and near the middle of the outer arm of Cape...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Wellfleet
    Well'fleet, a post-village in Wellfleet township, Barnstable co., Mass., on Cape Cod Bay and the Old Colony Railroad. It is about 65 miles by water...Read MORE...


  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA
    Street Scene, Wellfleet, Mass.
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  • 1903 - First Trans-Atlantic Radio Broadcast
    First trans-Atlantic radio broadcast between President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII of Great Britain at Marconi Station at Wellfleet

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  • 1906
    Wellfleet, a post-village in Wellfleet township (town), Barnstable co., Mass., on Cape Cod Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 60...Read MORE...


  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA
    Street View and Congregational Church, Wellfleet, Mass.
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  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA
    Mayos' Beach Light, Wellfleet, Mass.
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Mayos' Beach Light, Wellfleet, Mass.
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  • 1724 - Wellfleet is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - WELLFLEET. [Pop. 2,377. Inc. 1763.]
    Wellfleet was formerly the north part of Eastham, and extends across the peninsula.

    From this town to the extremity of Cape Cod, is a... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Wellfleet
    Wellfleet, a post-township of Barnstable co., Massachusetts, on the northern part of the peninsula of Cape Cod, 65 miles by water and 100 by land S.... Read MORE...

  • 1884 - Wellfleet
    The territory comprising this town was formerly included in Eastham, and until the period of its separation their political history is inseparably... Read MORE...

  • Wellfleet Massachusetts, 1890
    Wellfleet is an interesting fishing and commercial town in the northeasterly part of Barnstable County, and near the middle of the outer arm of Cape... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Wellfleet
    Well'fleet, a post-village in Wellfleet township, Barnstable co., Mass., on Cape Cod Bay and the Old Colony Railroad. It is about 65 miles by water... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - First Trans-Atlantic Radio Broadcast
    First trans-Atlantic radio broadcast between President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII of Great Britain at Marconi Station at Wellfleet

    www.worldatlas.com/webimage/ countrys/namerica/usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • 1906
    Wellfleet, a post-village in Wellfleet township (town), Barnstable co., Mass., on Cape Cod Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 60... Read MORE...

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