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Welcome to Massachusetts Legends


Massachusetts Articles:


American Revolution

American Revolution Timeline

Initial Battles For Independence

A Quick History of Smith & Wesson Firearms

Cole's Hill, Plymouth Rock, and the Pilgrim Museum

Colonial Era Indian Wars

The Coming of the Pilgrims

Early American History

The Gloucester Leagers

Historic Sites and Buildings of the Bay State

Moll Pitcher - Famous Fortune Teller

Salem Witch Trials

The "Afflicted" of Salem Village

Procedures, Courts & Aftermath

Salem Village History

Towns Involved

Timeline of the Salem Witchcraft Events

Samuel Adams and the Boston Tea Party

Settling of America - New England Settlements

Settling America - The Proprietary Colonies

The War of 1812 - American Independence Confirmed



Massachusetts State House and Capitol

Massachusetts State House and Capitol, by Carol Highsmith.

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Massachusetts - The Bay State


Officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state has played a significant historical, cultural, and commercial role in American history. Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower. Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In 1692, the towns surrounding Salem experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem Witch Trials. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolution and the independence of the United States from Great Britain.

A visit to Massachusetts is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history at easily seen iconic buildings, landscapes, memorials and museums.


For outdoor enthusiasts, Massachusetts offers forests covering 3,060,000 acres, kayaking and canoeing on the Essex and Ipswich Rivers, and sailing on the Charles River in Boston. If you just want to enjoy a little fun in the sun, visit Revere Beach, America's first public beach, or swim though history at Walden Pond in Concord, where Henry David Thoreau once lived.


In the winter, visitors enjoy skiing at Canterbury Farm Cross Country Ski Area and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Central Massachusetts.

From Cape Cod to the Berkshires, Boston to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts has unbelievably diverse sightseeing to offer. Whether you want to explore on your own, or join an organized tour, there is an abundance of opportunities in this great state.



Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Detroit Photographic Co., 1904.

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Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts Flag - On a white field is a blue shield emblazoned with the image of a Native American, Massachuset. He holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. The arrow is pointing downward representing peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto: " By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty". Above the shield is a arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto.



Sailboats in front of Boston skyline

Sailboats in front of Boston skyline, photo by 9 year-old Ella Nobo,

Legends of America's granddaughter in training.



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