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Map 1: Cape Cod, Massachusetts.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore, Map drawn by Cathy Skowron)

Captain Penniman lived in the Town of Eastham on Cape Cod with a view of the ocean, yet he traveled to New Bedford to launch his whaling voyages. New Bedford became the whaling hub because it had a deep-water harbor that could accommodate large boats and it had transportation systems in place. In 1840, a rail line opened going straight to the waterfront thus cementing its success as a whaling port. Roads and railways to and from the city allowed for easy shipping of whaling products to customers.


Questions for Map 1

1. Locate the towns of Eastham and New Bedford on this map. Using a ruler and the scale provided on the map, determine the distance between these two places. Why do you think Captain Penniman traveled to New Bedford for his whaling voyages?

2. Locate the towns of Provincetown, Nantucket, and New Bedford on this map. Compare and contrast their locations. New Bedford was easily accessible and well protected. Why might these features contribute to its success as a port?

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