Cape May, New Jersey

QUESTION:  Cape May, New Jersey is named after the explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey.  For what nation did Mey claim the land?
A)  Great Britain
B)  France
C)  The Netherlands
D)  Spain
ANSWER BELOW

When European explorers began claiming the lands of the New World for their native countries, they rarely factored in the local inhabitants, who often lived on the lands they settled for centuries before. The Kechemeche branch of the Lenni-Lenape tribe of Native Americans hunted at the southeasternmost tip of what is now New Jersey when they first encountered Europeans in 1621.  Soon after, the fishing and whaling industries began to dominate the region. In the years to come, though, residents of the nearby city of Philadelphia recognized that the bucolic setting of Cape May could serve as an attractive place to go for relaxation.  In 1766, they started traveling by horse to the region, looking to restore their health and have a little fun. Cape May is now widely considered one of the oldest vacation destinations in the United States. Boarding houses began popping up in the 1830's to cater to the well-to-do, and then hotels.  In 1852, construction began on the Mt. Vernon Hotel, what was to be the largest facility of its kind in the entire world, able to comfortably serve 3,500 patrons. Sadly, it burned down four years later, prior to completion.

Visitors to Cape May today enjoy the now-famous Victorian mansions that dominate the town today. Competition with other oceanfront communities, including Atlantic City and Newport, Rhode Island, compelled the "Queen of the Seaside Resorts" to promote itself as a wholesome place for the whole family to enjoy. They did something right, because it continues to be a destination for summer travelers to this day. Cape May is 120 miles southeast of the American Treasure Tour in Oaks, Pennsylvania, which may compel you to wonder why we are talking about it. Well, check back in on Monday for your answer.

ANSWER:  C)  The Netherlands.