Fall 2008 Meeting Presentation
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay - Page 2
  by Dr. Kent Mountford

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Dr. Kent Mountford, noted author and researcher, presented information on how the Chesapeake Bay region likely appeared to the early English explorers who visited the region in 1607 and 1608. Dr. Mountford is co-author with Helen C. Rountree and Wayne E. Clark of "John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609," published by the University of Virginia Press in 2007, and is the author of "Closed Sea: From the Manasquan to the Mullica." He is Ecologist and Environmental Historian for the Cove Corporation in Lusby, Maryland.

The photos below are from the presentation given by Dr. Mountford, and illustrate the history of the Chesapeake Bay for the last several hundred years, and provide information on the early explorer, Captain John Smith, and on the native population. This is Page 2 of a multi-page presentation of photographs from the lecture.

 Early sample of Tulip Poplar leaves from the region

  Oak timbers of large size were useful for shipbuilding  
  Capt. John Smith noted seeing cypress trees eighteen feet in circumference  
  Changes in the Bay region cannot be undone without reforestation in large numbers  
  It is hard to imagine today the clarity of the waters seen by Smith  
  Water was so clear that the bottom could be seen in all but the Bay's deepest channels  
  Plankton were not as numerous  
  Salt-Marsh Periwinkles still populate the region  
  The destruction of wetlands has removed a valuable environmental filter  
  Hunting has reduced some species and eliminated others  

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