Nantucket & The World

1970-9-1 Andrea Doria Fragment.
1970-9-1 Andrea Doria Fragment

What do you think of when you think of Nantucket? For some it’s home, for others a summer respite and relaxation. For many, it represents a certain isolation. Since the days of long-voyage whaling in late 18th c., though, Nantucketers built durable networks of friendships and trading relations across the world. Today, of course, the world is connected at our fingertips. But Nantucket was possibly the first global village.

Nantucket & The World highlights the international networks created by the “active and disciplined” men and women of Nantucket through whaling and trading. Step into their world, take in some of the objects and ideas they collected from the North and South Pacific whaling grounds, China, Japan, India, Africa, Europe and across the United States.and experience the world through Nantucketers’ eyes.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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