A brief history of Nantucket

     1659
     Exchanged for just fifteen pounds
     And two beaver hats


Nantucket Island from space (NASA image)


I wrote this haiku a couple of years ago for Paragon IV after reading that the famous whaling island was sold by Thomas Mayhew, founder of Martha's Vineyard, to a group of investors for that trifling sum.  Looking into it now, it seems the sum was actually thirty pounds.  Oh well.


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