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

First Encounter Plaque

Commemorating the Pilgrims’ first encounter with Native Americans

First Encounter Plaque Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Paine Carlson
1. First Encounter Plaque Marker
Inscription. Near this site the Nauset tribe of the Wampanoag nation, seeking to protect themselves and their culture, had their first encounter, 8 december 1620, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winslow, John Tilley, Edward Tilley, John Howland, Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Dotey, John Allerton, Thomas English, Master Mate Clark, Master Gunner Copin and three sailors of the Mayflower company.
Erected 2001 by The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Location. 41° 49.267′ N, 70° 0.228′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Samoset Road south of First Encounter Beach parking lot, on the right. Touch for map. 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 Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Whale Bone Welcome (approx. 2 miles away); There’s No Place Like Home (approx. 2 miles away); Kettles (approx. 2 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (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 second of two monuments commemorating the same event, the Pilgrims' first encounter with Indians. This one erected 2001 in the First Encounter Beach parking lot.
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers
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