A brief history of Nantucket

     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.