The lobster industry in North America started here, and Provincetown was the first lobster center of New England. In 1740, large Provincetown lobsters were selling in Boston for three half-pence a piece! But the industry really got going around 1800 when techniques were perfected and people everywhere had developed a taste for the crustaceans. Provincetown retained a monopoly on the Boston and New Work markets for over a century. 

The technique for catching lobsters was available to everyone: at low tide they were littered about on the beaches and one had only to avoid their claws to bring in a good haul. Anything they didn’t sell, or eat, went to the pigs, and according to Howard Mitcham, Ptown hams had a delightful lobster tang about them!