Fall 2008 Meeting Presentation
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay - Page 3
  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 3 of a multi-page presentation of photographs from the lecture.

 Bottom-feeding fish were plentiful in colonial times

  Atlantic sturgeon fished almost to extinction  
  Is this early illustration a menhaden school?  
  A photo of a menhaden school  
  An early description of fish so plentiful that catching them with a frying pan was attempted  
  Are the fish which are closing in on the menhaden bluefish?  
  Colonial oysters larger, grew faster  
  An oyster about 20 years old  
  19th century oystering knew no bounds  
  Picturesque oyster sloops were prevalent in the 19th century  

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