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

First Encounter Monument

Commemorating the Pilgrims’ first encounter with Native Americans

First Encounter Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Paine Carlson
1. First Encounter Monument Marker
Inscription. On this spot hostile Indians had their first encounter December 8, 1620, old style, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, John Tilley, Edward Winslow, John Howland, Edward Tilley, Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Dotey, John Allerton, Thomas English, Master Mate Clark, Master Gunner Copin, and three sailors of the Mayflower Company
Erected 1920 by Provincetown Tercentenary 1620 Commission, John F Paramino, Sculp. 1922 Boston, Ma.
Location. 41° 49.332′ N, 70° 0.207′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Samoset Road. Touch for map. Located up a dis-used path to the north of the First Encounter Beach Parking Lot. 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. First Encounter Plaque (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kettles (approx. 1.9 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Whale Bone Welcome (approx. 2 miles away); There’s No Place Like Home (approx. 2 miles away); Port de Mallebarre (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
More about this marker. The older of two monuments commemorating the same event, the Pilgrims' first encounter with Indians. This one, erected 1920, is supposedly on the spot where the encounter took place.
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