For the past 300 years, Cape Cod and the Azores have shared an extraordinarily connected history and culture. It’s a connection most visibly evident in the vast shape of the whale: both places have moved from hunting it, to watching it. In many other maritime skills there’s a clear physical and historical link between these sea-wrapped locales – that’s clear enough even now, from the traditional Portuguese influence without which Provincetown would be a poorer place.
In his illustrated talk, Philip Hoare, author of The Whale and The Sea Inside, will examine the human and natural history of the Azores, drawing on a series of filming and research expeditions he has made to the Azores. Philip – a regular visitor to Provincetown from Southampton, England – will discuss the legends, literature and culture of this remarkable archipelago – from Columbus to Darwin, from Moby-Dick to the Mary Celeste – with a particular focus on its extraordinary cetaceans, from common dolphins and rare beaked whales, to the legendary and mysterious sperm whale itself.
This free presentation is part of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Winter Lecture Series, which is supported by Napi’s Restaurant at 7 Freeman Street in Provincetown. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm and enjoy Napi’s special early bird dinner.