The lands now known as Chatham were occupied by Native Americans for centuries before the first European settler arrived.  Even before William Nickerson's arrival, Chatham played a pivotal role in the settlement of the new continent when it was the first land sighted by the Pilgrims after their Atlantic crossing.  Rather than turn south toward their planned destination in New York, the Pilgrims, confronted by the treacherous shoals at the Cape's elbow, turned north and wound up in Provincetown Harbor, where they composed the Mayflower Compact. 


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CHATHAM HISTORY


CHATHAM WALKS