"Cape Cod lay in utter darkness to the civilized world, though even then the sun rose from eastward out of the sea every day, and, rolling over the Cape, went down westward into the Bay. It was even then Cape and Bay,—ay, THE CAPE OF CODFISH, and the Bay of the Massachusetts, perchance."

—Henry David Thoreau

Painting by William Allen Wall. Courtesy of the New England Whaling Museum