As Time Passes Over Cape Ann: A Reflection on the Humanities and Place

History of Gloucester

The area known as Gloucester was discovered and mapped in 1606 by a French explorer named Samuel de Champlain.  Traveling down the East Coast from Canada, Champlain named the area “le beau port”, or “the beautiful harbor.”  The area, however, was deemed not suitable for settlement due to the presence of Native Americans....

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Map of Gloucester - 1606


Writings on Gloucester

Captain's Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger

The Maximus Poems, by Charles Olson

The Last Fish Tale, by Mark Kurlansky

History of the Town of Gloucester, by John Babson

Memoirs of a Gloucester Fisherman, by Salve Testaverde


About Me

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Welcome to my e-portfolio!  For the past two semesters, I've been researching and reflecting on my home town of Gloucester, its history, literature, art, all connections to the Humanities.  The idea of "place" and how it shapes our identity is one that I have come to realize after four years of living between Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Plymouth, New Hampshire.  I hope you will find my findings insightful and interesting.  Enjoy!

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