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Bartholomew Gosnold Day
WHEREAS, The English Explorer, Bartholomew Gosnold set out from Falmouth, England on March 26, 1602 (of the Julian Calendar) in the good ship, Concord, being sponsored by the Earl of Southampton, who also was then a patron of William Shakespeare; and
WHEREAS, Captain Gosnold made landfall after 49 days at sea, according to fellow voyager Gabriel Archer, in said compatriot's account of the expedition; and
WHEREAS, Captain Gosnold gave to this land, names we use to this day, being, to wit: Cape Cod (for its abundance of fish), Martha's Vineyard (for his beloved daughter, Martha), and the Elizabeth Islands (for his queen, Elizabeth I); and
WHEREAS, Captain Gosnold also explored New Bedford Harbor, landing at a place called "Smoking Rocks;" and these events were later commemorated in great paintings by famed New Bedford artists, William Allen Wall and Albert Bierstadt; and
WHEREAS, Captain Gosnold constructed a stockade fort upon the little islet in West End Pond on the Island of Cuttyhunk, now seat of the Town of Gosnold, Massachusetts (incorporated as such in 1864) and where now stands the Gosnold Monument, as proposed by New Bedford historian, Daniel Ricketson and duly erected by the intrepid members of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in 1902-1903 (the tercentenary of said landing); and
WHEREAS, During this Quadricentennial Year, now being the 400th Anniversary of the Cuttyhunk Landing of Bartholomew Gosnold, we look to the new century with pride in our shared heritage, with hope in our connected futures, and with a renewed commitment toward the loving stewardship of these, our Buzzards Bay Area Communities:

NOW THEREFORE, I, FREDERICK M. KALISZ, JR., Mayor of the City of New Bedford, do hereby proclaim this day, August 17, 2002, Bartholomew Gosnold Day throughout the City of New Bedford, and on behalf of all the citizens therein, extend felicitations to our good neighbors of the Town of Gosnold on this milestone day in our common history.

Black and white City sealHon. Frederick M. Kalisz, Jr., Mayor

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