Mapping Thoreau Country

Cape Cod Map

"Wishing to get a better view than I had yet had of the ocean, which, we are told, covers more than two thirds of the globe, but of which a man who lives a few miles inland may never see any trace...I have spent, in all, about three weeks on the Cape; walked from Eastham to Provincetown twice on the Atlantic side, and once on the Bay side also...but having come so fresh to the sea, I have got but little salted." —H. D. Thoreau, Cape Cod (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866),1.

Thoreau's map of Cape Cod

View larger versions of this and other maps made by Thoreau at the Concord Free Public Library.

Cape Cod, Harper's New Monthly, c. 1870

Learn more about Thoreau's visits to Truro, Wellfleet, and Provincetown.