Description about Map : - This state map of Massachusetts shows the state boundary. It is bordered by Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and the Atlantic Ocean. The map also shows inter-state and state highways and railway lines. The state capital Boston, major towns as well as other towns are also shown.
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The land was initially inhabited by several Native American tribes belonging to the Algonquian linguistic cluster. These tribes were mostly hunter-gatherers. A great epidemic wiped away most of these tribes in the early 1600s. Colonial contact was made by the English, settling at Plymouth in 1620. The Pilgrims, as they were called, were soon followed by other Puritans who inhabited the nearby land.
The state was politically very active throughout the 18th as well as the 19th century. The famous Boston massacre as well as the Boston Tea Party also took place in this state. The state was well-known for being a spark of the Industrial revolution, with development of Lowell textile mills.
Located in what is called the New England area of the U.S., the state is spread over 10,555 sq miles or 27,340 sq km. The state is marked by the Appalachian mountains in its western part. The state also consists of several bays and rocky shorelines to its east, where it greets the Atlantic coast.
Several sandy and rocky beaches, trails and parks also reside in the beach. It consists, ecologically speaking, mostly of temperate deciduous forests.
With being a historic site of the landing of the Mayflower, to providing exquisite sandy beaches, this state is well equipped to handle tourists. Major destinations are the capital Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Lowell and Quincy.
The state offers options as diverse as skiing, bycycling, whale-watching, etc. Major tourist attractions in the state include New England Aquarium, Six Flags New England, Fenway Park, Martha's Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, Freedom Trail, etc.
The state is a hub of educational institutes. It is home to over a hundred institutes of higher learning. Among the most prestigious names of universities include Harvard University and MIT. Other names include Boston University, Northeastern University, Wellesley College, Tufts University, Brandeis University, etc.
Last Updated On : June 28, 2013
Joined the UnionFebruary 6, 1788 (6th State)
NicknameThe Bay State
Area10,555 sq mi
Highest pointMount Greylock
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone (UTC-5)