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Martha's Vineyard

(Encyclopedia) Martha's Vineyard vĭn´yərd [key], island (1990 est. pop. 8,900), c.100 sq mi (260 sq km), SE Mass., separated from the Elizabeth Islands and Cape Cod by Vineyard…

Folger, Peter

(Encyclopedia) Folger, Peter fōl´jər , 1617–90, British settler on Nantucket. He was associated with Thomas Mayhew on Martha's Vineyard, becoming missionary, schoolmaster, and…

Hyannis

(Encyclopedia) Hyannis hīăn´ĭs [key], resort village (1990 pop. 14,120), Barnstable co., SE Mass., on Cape Cod; inc. 1639. It is the business center and shipping point of the area;…

Woods Hole

(Encyclopedia) Woods Hole, uninc. village (1990 pop. 1,080) and seaport in the town of Falmouth, Barnstable co., SE Mass., at the southwestern extremity of Cape Cod. It is the departure…

Nantucket

(Encyclopedia) Nantucket năntŭk´ĭt [key], island, c.14 mi (23 km) long, from 3 to 6 mi (4.8–9.6 km) wide, SE Mass., lying c.25 mi (40 km) S of Cape Cod, from which it is separated by…

Wampanoag

(Encyclopedia) Wampanoag wäm˝pənō´ăg [key], confederation of Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see…

Kennedy, Ted

(Encyclopedia) Kennedy, Ted (Edward Moore Kennedy), 1932–2009, U.S. senator from Massachusetts (1962–2009), b. Boston, Mass., youngest son of Joseph P. Kennedy and the last…

island

(Encyclopedia) island, relatively small body of land surrounded entirely by water. (As the oceans form a continuous mass of water on the earth's surface, all continents are islands…

Lee, Spike

(Encyclopedia) Lee, Spike (Shelton Jackson Lee), 1957–, American filmmaker, b. Atlanta, Ga. As a student at New York Univ., he won recognition with his graduation film, Joe's…

Champlain, Samuel de

(Encyclopedia) Champlain, Samuel de shămplān´, Fr. sämüĕl´ də shäNplăN´ [key], 1567–1635, French explorer, the chief founder of New France. After serving in France under Henry of…