Massachusetts Picnic Guide
of the six New England states, and one of the first 13 states in
the Union (it entered in 1788), Massachusetts is known as the
"Old Colony State." The Pilgrims established their
settlement at Plymouth in 1620, arriving on the Mayflower.
They were followed shortly by the Puritans, who established the
Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans named their colony after a
local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill
The birthplace of many of the ideals of the American
Revolution, Massachusetts attracted people who believed in
self-government. It's appropriate that the state flower is the
mayflower, also known as the trailing arbutus.
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