1642The population of Gloucester was “about 50 persons.”People and Communities, Population

Population was limited by the inaccessibility of Cape Ann by land, but the potential of the fishery as well as “good timber for shipping” bode well for the growth of the community. Population estimates from colonial records did not, however, include the Indigenous people living on Cape Ann at the time.

Swan, Marshall Wilbur Stephen. Town on Sandy Bay: A History of Rockport, Massachusetts. Published for the Town History Committee by Phoenix Pub, 1980.
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