1604French explorers Pierre De Monts and Samuel de Champlain traveled the coast of New England and anchored at the head of the Cape, now Rockport. They called it Cape aux Iles (Cape of Islands.)People and Communities, European Colonists, Indigenous People's History

Pierre De Monts and Samuel de Champlain landed at Whale Cove in Rockport where Pawtucket residents drew them a map of the coastline showing their location and the locations of the sachemships of Massachusetts Bay. This is believed to be the first recorded interaction between European explorers and Indigenous people on Cape Ann.

Champlain, Samuel del. Voyages of Samuel de Champlain Translated from the French by Charles Pomeroy Otis. Prince Society, 1878, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwreaa&seq=73 Saville, Marshall H. “Champlain and His Landings at Cape Ann, 1605, 1606.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 1933, vol. 43, Part 1, Oct. 1933, https://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44817393.pdf
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