1639Cape Ann was incorporated as a “fishing plantation.”Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

This was the first step in incorporating as a town, which would happen in 1642. In May of 1639, the Court, intending to promote the fishing industry, ordered that “a fishing plantation shalbee begun at Cape Anne” and that Mr. Maurice Thompson, a merchant of London, would be charged with assigning land for the building of houses and fishing stages to support this industry, and that he and others in the fishing trade would be provided with land for their fishing operations. Thompson did not take full advantage of this offer, other than to build a fishing stage built on the harbor at Duncan’s Point (Records, 256)

Massachusetts Colony; Nathanial Bradstreet Shurtleff ed.; Massachusetts General Court. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Printed by Order of the Legislature. W. White, 1853, https://archive.org/details/recordsofgoverno01mass/page/n5/mode/2up?view=theater Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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