Samuel de Champlain sailed into Gloucester Harbour in 1604 and christened it "Le Beau Port". The stunning, rugged beauty of Gloucester's coastline, the long, sandy beaches and the clear blue Atlantic Ocean have attracted visitors ever since. An attractive downtown, museums and tours on land and sea all make it a great destination. Gloucester was founded in 1623 as a Massachusetts Bay Colony by the Dorchester Company from Dorchester England. Fishing stages were set up in what is now called Stage Fort Park. Fishing is still a mainstay of Gloucester's economy and culture and along the waterfront you can still see the fishing boats coming in and out of the harbour.
Writers such as T.S. Eliot, Henry Wadsworth Longellow and Rudyard Kipling were inspired here. Artists the calibre of Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane and Childe Hassam painted here. Rocky Neck Art Colony is the oldest, continuously working art colony in the United States. There are galleries and shops on the "Neck" as well as in other parts of the city.
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