Rye in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
New Isles of Shoals Marker
Origins of New England
John Smith’s map and widely read book “A Description of New England” detailed the region’s teeming fishing banks, abundant game, clean rivers, vast forests and native people. The book had a major influence in the subsequent wave of English migration to these shores. The map guided the Pilgrims to “Plimouth” in 1620 and led John Winthrop to the “River Charles” and the founding of Boston in 1630.
New Hampshire Granite Swenson Granite Works
John Smith (1580-1631) In 1614 Captain John Smith, who seven years earlier was a founder of the Jamestown settlement returned to America and explored and marked the local coastline from Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod. He was the first European voyager from England to map the Isles of Shoals, which he named “Smith’s Isles” While that name did not endure, with the consent of King James, I. “Admiral” Smith named this region “New England”
Dedicated August 14, 2014
Map from Capt. John Smith’s 1614 Expedition
Compass Rose from John Smith’s map
Isles of Shoals
Six miles from this point lie the Isles of Shoals. Possibly named for the bountiful “schools” of fish surrounding them. The nine
Erected 2014 by Swenson Granite Works.
Location. 43° 0.083′ N, 70° 44.604′ W. Marker is in Rye, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Ocean Boulevard (U.S. A1A) when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at Rye Harbor State Park beyond the existing Isles of Shoals marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1730 Ocean Blvd, Rye NH 03870, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Isles Of Shoals (within shouting distance of this marker); Atlantic Cable Station and Sunken Forest (approx. one mile away); Rye NH War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Portsmouth NH World War II Marker (approx. 5 miles away); William and Mary Raids (approx. 5 miles away); New Castle Congregational Church (approx. 5 miles away); Colonel Tobias Lear (approx. 5 miles away); On this site was born Fitz John Porter (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rye.
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