2010 Population: 2,942
Provincetown grew very slowly during the 18th century and its population fluctuated with the price of fish. Farming was of secondary importance and aside from the fishing industry, there were only some salt works and one mill. After the Revolution, the town boomed and its population rose 276.6% between 1790 and 1830. Despite its relative lack of good farm land, by the middle of the 19th century, Provincetown had developed as the prime maritime, fishing and commercial center of the Cape. The Civil War, which destroyed so much New England business, only provided more markets for Provincetown's fish. Portuguese sailors, picked up by American ships in the Azores and Cape Verde Islands to fill out their crews, came to Provincetown to live and additional Portuguese immigrants had moved to town by the 19th century to work on the whaling boats and coastal fishing vessels. In 1875, there were 25 coastwise and 36 ocean vessels operating in town, more than any community in the state including Boston. Provincetown was a bustling place with all of the ancillary maritime businesses operating, such as ship chandlers, shipwrights, sail makers, caulkers, riggers and blacksmiths.
698 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA
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|A forgotten hero of a forgotten war|
Monday May 30, 2016
|On a barren Winslow Street hill in Provincetown, a stiff breeze fills a lone American flag alongside the memorial and field dedicated to a proud son of the town, Manuel V. Motta.Manny, whose nickname was Sally, was born on Nov. 6, 1931, one of three sons of Delphine and Frank Motta, a local fisherman. He grew up at 15 Conant and 120 Commercial St. in town. According to family and friends, he was a good kid and never in any trouble. He had one great passion in life: He yearned to serve [...]|