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Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Port de Mallebarre

 
 
Port de Mallebarre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2015
1. Port de Mallebarre Marker
Inscription. Fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod, French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed down the Atlantic coast from Canada in search of new lands. On July 20, 1605, he entered here what was then a shallow bay. He named it Port de Mallebarre, “port of dangerous shoals.”

Surrounding the bay the explorers found the thatched houses of the Nauset Indians. Besides each house were fields planted with Indian corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. Unfortunately, an Indian stole one of the explorers’ copper water kettles, and a sailor was killed in an ensuing skirmish.

The French did not settle here, but Champlain left us the first written descriptions of the land and people, and the first detailed map. The bay he called Mallebarre has since been transformed by the tides into today’s Nauset Marsh and Harbor.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore.
 
Location. 41° 49.336′ N, 69° 57.798′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Hemenway Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on a paved trail that starts at the Eastham Boat Launch found at the end of Hemenway Road. Walk a little more than 0.1 mile on this trail. The marker has a roof
Nauset Marsh and Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2015
2. Nauset Marsh and Harbor
protecting it. Marker is in this post office area: Eastham MA 02642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Rock (here, next to this marker); A Whale Bone Welcome (approx. 0.3 miles away); There’s No Place Like Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kettles (approx. 1.1 miles away); Doane Rock (approx. 1.6 miles away); Changing Beach (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel de Champlain. (Submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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