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"Massachusetts, mas-sà-chu'sets, one of the Eastern or New England states, and one of the original thirteen states of the American Union, is bounded on the N. by Vermont and New Hampshire, E. by the Atlantic Ocean, S. by the Atlantic Ocean and by Rhode Island and Connecticut, and W. by Rhode Island and New York. There are several islands within the state limits (Nantucket, Martha's Vine yard, Elizabeth Islands, &c.); and in the S.E. the peninsula of Cape Cod extends into the sea, forming Cape Cod Bay, and, from its shape, is sometimes called the “right arm of the commonwealth.” Area, 8315 square miles, of which the land area is 8040 square miles, or 5,145,600 acres, and the water surface 275 square miles...

The state of Massachusetts was almost entirely of English descent, the only prominent exceptions being a small colony of Huguenots which settled in and near Oxford, one or more of Germans in the northeastern part of Worcester co., and the later Scotch-Irish Presbyterian settlement at Coleraine. But since 1840 there have been large immigrations of Irish, of Germans (mainly in the cities), of English mill-operatives, and of French Canadians. The original Indian population has left but few traces, except in the townships of Gay Head and Mashpee, whose inhabitants are nominally Indians, but they all are partially of African or of white descent. Before 1775 the population was estimated at 250,000; in 1790 it was 378,787; in 1800, 422,845; in 1810,472,040; in 1820, 523,287; in 1830, 610,408; in 1840, 737,699; in 1850, 994,514; in 1860, 1,231,066; in 1870, 1,457,351; in 1880, 1,783,085; in 1890, 2,238,943, exhibiting a density of population to the square mile which exceeds any reported for any other state. The state censuses, usually taken at the middle of each decade, embody the results of very elaborate and exhaustive series of inquiries, whose answers furnish valuable information regarding nearly all the interesting points in the industrial, financial, and social activities of the people."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1497 - John Cabot reaches present day Massachusetts

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1614 - John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts. He wrote a book, A Description of New England, which guided settlers to the Massachusetts region.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower and landed in the New World at Plymouth. Before leaving the ship, they drew up the Mayflower Compact

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1638 - Massachusetts set up the first library in the colonies.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1641 - The Body of Liberties, the first code of laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was established.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1647 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that elementary schools be established in all towns where there were more than 50 families.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. The General Court recognized that the Indians have a just right to land possession and a true right to be there based on Genesis 1 and 28, Chapter 9, 1, and Psalms 115:16.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1684 - King Charles II cancelled the colonial charter of Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1686 - King James established a government in Massachusetts. He made Sir Edmond Andros the governor of the colony.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1690 - The battle of Quebec was fought between the colonies of New France (ruled by France) and Massachusetts Bay (ruled by England). It lasted from October 16 through October 24 and resulted in a French victory.


  • News 1722 - July 25 - The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.

    www.onthisday.com
    July 25, 1722

  • News 1727 - October 29 - Severe earthquake in New England

    onthisday.com
    October 29, 1727

  • News 1749 - June 25 - A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1749

  • 1775 - First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1780 - May 19 - The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 19, 1780

  • 1787 - The first cotton mill in the United States is built in Massachusetts.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1788 - Massachusetts became sixth U S. state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.

    WeatherForYou.com
    May 8, 1803

  • News 1815 - September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
    It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years.
    WeatherForYou.com
    September 23, 1815

  • News 1816 - September 27 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.

    WeatherForYou.com
    September 27, 1816

  • 1820 - Massachusetts and Maine separated

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • 1833 - Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • 1847 - NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) wafers were first produced in 1847 in Massachusetts


  • 1852 - Massachusetts became the first state to require that all children must attend school.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1860's - Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News 1868 - The Legislature of Massachusetts, during its late session, incorporated twenty-five manufacturing companies, with an aggregate capital of $4,375,000.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868

  • The Great Blizzard of 1888
    This storm was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. 20-60 inches all along New England, with...Read MORE...


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    Center Street from the Bridge. Adams, Mass.
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    Faneuil Hall, Boston, Mass.
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    Gloucester, Massachusetts
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    Main Street Arch, Springfield, Mass.
  • 1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
    One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a sandy bluff on Cape Cod and sent a 54-word greeting...Read MORE...


  • 1903 - You didn’t need a license or plates to drive in Massachusetts until 1903.
    Before that, all you needed was a set of wheels.
    www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/interesting-history-facts-ma/

  • Massachusetts, USA
    The Square, Wrentham, Massachusetts (1906)
  • 1907 - First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

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    Main Street looking West, Worthington, Mass.
  • News 1914 - July 29 – In Massachusetts, the new Cape Cod Canal opens; it shortens the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles, but also turns Cape Cod into an island

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1914

  • News 1922 - April 13 – The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 13, 1922

  • News 1938 - April 28 – The towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott in Massachusetts are disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1938

  • News 1944 - September 9 - The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" ravaged the east coast.
    The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage in the Chesapeake Bay area, then besieged New England killing 390 persons and...Read MORE...


  • News 1946 - November 13 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.

    The Weather Channel
    November 13, 1946

  • News 1954 - August 31 - Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.

    WeatherForYou.com
    August 31, 1954

  • News 1955 - August 19-20 - Rivers throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut overflow, causing millions of dollars damage.

    oldewebster.com
    August 19, 1955

  • 1957 - Massachusetts Turnpike opened

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm

  • News The Blizzard of 1978
    Almost 100 years after the blizzard of 1888, Massachusetts survived the blizzard of 1978. The storm itself lasted from February 5 to February 7, and...Read MORE...




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Center Street from the Bridge. Adams, Mass.

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Faneuil Hall, Boston, Mass.

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  • 1497 - John Cabot reaches present day Massachusetts
    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1614 - John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts. He wrote a book, A Description of New England, which guided settlers to the Massachusetts region.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower and landed in the New World at Plymouth. Before leaving the ship, they drew up the Mayflower Compact
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1638 - Massachusetts set up the first library in the colonies.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1641 - The Body of Liberties, the first code of laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was established.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1647 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that elementary schools be established in all towns where there were more than 50 families.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth. The General Court recognized that the Indians have a just right to land possession and a true right to be there based on Genesis 1 and 28, Chapter 9, 1, and Psalms 115:16.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1684 - King Charles II cancelled the colonial charter of Massachusetts.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1686 - King James established a government in Massachusetts. He made Sir Edmond Andros the governor of the colony.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1690 - The battle of Quebec was fought between the colonies of New France (ruled by France) and Massachusetts Bay (ruled by England). It lasted from October 16 through October 24 and resulted in a French victory.
  • News  1722 - July 25 - The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
    www.onthisday.com
    July 25, 1722
  • News  1727 - October 29 - Severe earthquake in New England
    onthisday.com
    October 29, 1727
  • News  1749 - June 25 - A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.
    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1749
  • 1775 - First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1780 - May 19 - The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.
    WeatherForYou.com
    May 19, 1780
  • 1787 - The first cotton mill in the United States is built in Massachusetts.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1788 - Massachusetts became sixth U S. state
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.
    WeatherForYou.com
    May 8, 1803
  • News  1815 - September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
    It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years. WeatherForYou.com
    September 23, 1815
  • News  1816 - September 27 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.
    WeatherForYou.com
    September 27, 1816
  • 1820 - Massachusetts and Maine separated
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • 1833 - Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • 1847 - NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) wafers were first produced in 1847 in Massachusetts
  • 1852 - Massachusetts became the first state to require that all children must attend school.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1860's - Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1868 - The Legislature of Massachusetts, during its late session, incorporated twenty-five manufacturing companies, with an aggregate capital of $4,375,000.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868
  • The Great Blizzard of 1888
    This storm was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. 20-60 inches all along New England, with... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
    One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a sandy bluff on Cape Cod and sent a 54-word greeting... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - You didn’t need a license or plates to drive in Massachusetts until 1903.
    Before that, all you needed was a set of wheels. www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/interesting-history-facts-ma/
  • 1907 - First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  1914 - July 29 – In Massachusetts, the new Cape Cod Canal opens; it shortens the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles, but also turns Cape Cod into an island
    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1914
  • News  1922 - April 13 – The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.
    www.wikipedia.org
    April 13, 1922
  • News  1938 - April 28 – The towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott in Massachusetts are disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.
    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1938
  • News  1938 - Sept. 21 - The Great Hurricane brought terror to large parts of New England.
    A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blow down and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600... Read MORE...

  • News  1944 - September 9 - The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" ravaged the east coast.
    The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage in the Chesapeake Bay area, then besieged New England killing 390 persons and... Read MORE...

  • News  1946 - November 13 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.
    The Weather Channel
    November 13, 1946
  • News  1954 - August 31 - Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.
    WeatherForYou.com
    August 31, 1954
  • News  1955 - August 19-20 - Rivers throughout Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut overflow, causing millions of dollars damage.
    oldewebster.com
    August 19, 1955
  • 1957 - Massachusetts Turnpike opened
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ matimeln.htm
  • News  The Blizzard of 1978
    Almost 100 years after the blizzard of 1888, Massachusetts survived the blizzard of 1978. The storm itself lasted from February 5 to February 7, and... Read MORE...

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