Population per the 2012 census- 6,646,144
Massachusetts was admitted as the 6th state on February 6th, 1788. Her motto is “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”.
Most commonly known as the ‘Bay State’, or ‘The Old Bay State’ in reference to the Cape Cod Bay where early settlements were made and to the Massachusetts Bay Company given a royal charter in 1629 to promote settlement of the new land "from sea to shining sea." The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company was the foundation of a government for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
It is fair to say that the Commonwealth of MA is one of our Nation’s most liberal and progressive states. Her counties are by-and-large ‘Blue’.
Let’s work together to change MA to a ‘Red’ state. Contact the Massachusetts Republican Party and lend your support.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts is rich in the nation’s history. From its first colonist, the Pilgrims in 1620, followed by the Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony at present-day Boston in 1630.
Boston is known as the “Cradle of Liberty”. In 1773 the infamous Boston Tea Party escalated tensions between the colonist and the British. It led to the outbreak of the American Revolution.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord initiated the American Revolutionary War. Future President George Washington took over what would become the Continental Army after the battle. His first victory was the Siege of Boston in the winter of 1775–76.
Shays Rebellion, 1786 and 1787, is credited as one of the factors cited for the need to replace The Articles of Confederation with the writing of a new Constitution.
The New World Encyclopedia offers a reasonable online overview of Massachusetts history.