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( The Colony State / The Bay State )
Massachusetts Map The colony was named after a local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill place." Massachusetts was one of the six New England states, and one of the first 13 states in the Union (it entered in 1788). The Pilgrims established their settlement at Plymouth in 1620, arriving on the "Mayflower". They were Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The birthplace of many of the ideals of the American Revolution, Massachusetts attracted people who believed in self-government. Massachusetts is the sixth smallest state of the United States but it stands among the leaders in many fields. Universities in and around Boston help make the area one of the world's great cultural, educational, medical and research centers. Historic sites date back to the Pilgrims, to colonial witchcraft trials, and to the Revolutionary War. Skiing brings many visitors to the Berkshire Hills and to other parts of the state. The Atlantic Ocean and many lakes and rivers also attract water sports enthusiasts. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Massachusetts include: Bette Davis, Matt LeBlanc, Steve Van Zandt, Jack Haley,

The Flag of Massachusetts
Massachusetts state flag Ratified the Constitution in 1788 as the sixth State; flag adopted in 1908, modified in 1971. The star indicated Statehood while the Native American was a Massachusetts symbol as early as 1629.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Boston, 589,141; Worcester, 172,648; Springfield, 152,082; Lowell, 105,167; Cambridge, 101,355; Brockton, 94,304; New Bedford, 93,768; Fall River, 91,938; Lynn, 89,050; Quincy, 88,025
Business and Trade in Massachusetts
Agriculture: Seafood, nursery stock, dairy products, cranberries, vegetables.

Industries: Machinery, electric equipment, scientific instruments, printing and publishing, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Black-capped Chickadee
  • Flower: Mayflower (epigaea regens)
  • Tree: American Elm (ulmus americana)
  • Song(s): Hail Massachusetts
  • Motto: Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate quietem (By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty)

Massachusetts Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site - Saugus
Westville Lake - Southbridge
Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge - Sudbury
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge - Sudbury
Essex National Heritage Area - Salem
capital  Capital: Boston

statehood  Statehood: 1788-02-06

population  Population:
6,349,097 (809.8 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 10,554.57
    Water 2,714.55
    Land 7,840.02
    Rank 45th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Massachusetts, there are 2,621,989 housing units, averaging to 334.4 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
Posters and Artwork
Yacht Club, So. Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Yacht Club, So. Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Art Print 18" x 13"

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