Martha's Vineyard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

This was originally the name given to a smaller island to the south by the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, who sailed to the island in 1602. The island is thought to have been named after Gosnold's mother-in-law or his daughter, both named Martha.

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Martha's Vineyard

  1. An island in Dukes County, Massachusetts, famous for once being home to one of the earliest known deaf communities.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although the island's name does not include island or synonyms, on is used, as in "I live on Martha's Vineyard".

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