Massachusetts is known for its rich history and the role it played in the Revolutionary War. Native Americans lived here for 10,000 years before Europeans arrived. Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 near Plymouth. Soon after, the Puritans arrived and settled Boston and Salem. Both groups came in search of religious freedom.
- Some of the most famous events surrounding the American Revolution occurred in Massachusetts, such as the battle at Concord, Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and the Boston Tea Party.
- During the 1800s, Massachusetts was known for its whaling and fishing industries. Today, the state is known for its high-tech industries and universities.
- Massachusetts is home to more than 80 colleges and universities, including Harvard University, which opened in 1636 and is the oldest university in the U.S.
- Massachusetts is one of the leading producers of cranberries. Cranberries grow in bogs, low, marshy areas, and they’re usually harvested by flooding the fields, which causes the berries to float to the water’s surface.
- Boston built the first subway system in 1897. If you visit Boston by car, you can still see the small, brick-paved streets from the colonial period. No wonder they needed another transportation system.
- The Fig Newton cookie was created in Newton, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Quick Stats
State Capital: Boston (population 617,594)
Largest City: Boston
Largest Metro: Greater Boston
State Bird: Chickadee
State Flower: Mayflower
Admission to Union: February 6, 1788
Questions and Answers
Question: Do whales still live in the waters near Massachusetts?
Answer: Yes, Cape Cod is considered one of the best places in the world for spotting whales.
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