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Massachusetts History and Genealogy Guide
This is a locality guide to help you with your research in Massachusetts.
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Official State Name: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Statehood: 6 February 1788 (6th)
State Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
State Capital: Boston
State Nickname: The Bay State, The Pilgrim State, The Puritan State, The Old Colony, The Baked Bean State
Demonym: Bay Stater (official); Massachusite (traditional); Massachusettsian
State Artist: Norman Rockwell
State Bean: Baked Navy Bean
State Berry: Cranberry
State Beverage: Cranberry Juice
State Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee
State Blues Artist: Taj Mahal
State Building Stone: Granite
State Cat: Tabby Cat
State Ceremonial March: The Road to Boston
State Children's Author & Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
State Children's Book: Make Way for Ducklings
State Colors: Blue - Green - Cranberry
State Cookie: Chocolate Chip
State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie
State Dog: Boston Terrier
State Donut: Boston Cream Donut
State Fish: Cod
State Flower: Mayflower
State Folk Hero: Johnny Appleseed
State Game Bird: Wild Turkey
State Gem: Rhodonite
State Groundhog: Ms. G.
State Heroine: Deborah Samson Gannett
State Insect: Ladybug
State Inventor: Benjamin Franklin
State Song: All Hail to Massachusetts
State Sport: Basketball
State Tree: American Elm
1497 - Explorer John Cabot sails up the coast of Massachusetts.
1620 - The Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth and establish the first permanent English settlement.
1621 - The Pilgrims hold the first "Thanksgiving Festival."
1629 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony is founded.
1691 - The Province of Massachusetts is formed when the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Plymouth Colony combine.
1692 - Nineteen people are put to death for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Hysteria.
1770 - Five Boston colonists are shot by British troops in the Boston Massacre.
1773 - Colonists in Boston dump crates of tea into the harbor in the Boston Tea Party.
1775 - The Revolutionary War begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
1788 - Massachusetts becomes the sixth state of the United States.
1820 - Maine separates from Massachusetts to become the 23rd state.
1961 - John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States.
1987 - The "Big Dig" construction project begins in Boston.
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