If you walk along the sandy beaches of Cape May, Delaware, your eye just might be caught by the shimmering sight of a Cape May Diamond, otherwise known as quartz. These are wonderful treasures to collect on a walk along the shore. But Cape May hasn't always been a beach town filled with summer cottages and gleaming treasure. Long, long ago the Delaware River was born of melting glaciers and bits of quartz were sent tumbling down from the Appalachian Mountains along its banks. Lenape Indians inhabited the area and lived with great respect for the river and their natural surroundings. They took pains to please the river as they hunted and fished and made their villages. The Cape May Diamonds are daughters of the river who have made their way through time to the present day but they reflect the wonders that made them and revered them and are now ours to honor and enjoy. 40 pages Ages 7-10
The Legend of the Cape May Diamond
Sleeping Bear Press, 2007
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