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By Joseph E. Salvatore, Joan Berkey

The seashore lodge of Cape may well was once named for Dutchman Cornelis Mey, who sailed prior this a part of southeastern New Jersey in 1616. initially often called Cape Island, the world used to be settled via a handful of English-speaking farmers and whalers within the 1690s. by means of 1776, it used to be marketed as a well-liked, fit position for bathing within the ocean. the 1st boardinghouses have been erected within the early 1800s, and through 1850, town boasted approximately dozen. tourists got here from Philadelphia, Baltimore, or even the Deep South, many construction summer time cottages alongside the shore. The institution of rail provider in 1863 introduced a brand new period of progress or even extra inns. even supposing a devastating fireplace in 1878 destroyed a number of of the oldest, they have been quickly changed by way of new lodges and cottages boasting large porches and eaves lavished with gingerbread trim. this present day, such a lot of Cape may possibly urban is a countrywide ancient Landmark in attractiveness of its well-preserved selection of Victorian-era constructions. Cape may perhaps showcases the wealthy architectural and leisure history of this coastal New Jersey city.

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This was the first time in the history of the United States that a government acted on the realization that some land needed to be protected from development and left alone. S. laws were enacted to encourage development and the use of natural resources. There are a few examples from world history going back to the Babylonian and Chinese Empires where natural areas were protected, but the Wilderness Act is significant in the context of the 200 years of the Industrial Revolution that preceded it.

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