region of the northeastern
United States of America. It is bordered by Rhode Island
to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont
and New Hampshire
to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 Census, the population of Massachusetts was 6,547,629. The state features two separate metropolitan areas – the eastern Boston metropolitan area and the western Springfield metropolitan area
1613 The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.
1620 Pilgrims aboard the ''Mayflower'' sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
1620 Pilgrim Fathers land at what becomes Plymouth in Massachusetts.
1630 The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
1635 The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
1636 The Covenant of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts is first signed.
1642 Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States.
1648 Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony.
1656 Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism makes them regard the Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive.
1690 The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America.