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|Population (1994): 6,041,000
(13th in size)
State size: 8,284 square miles (45th in size)
State Capital: Boston (named after the city in England)
Major cities: Boston, Springfield and Worcester
Admission to union: The 6th State
Date entered the union: February 6, 1788
Origin of state name: Named after the Massachusetts indian tribe who lived in the Blue Hills area near Boston
Nicknames: The Bay State
Bordering states: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
State bird: Chickadee
State flower: Mayflower
State tree: American Elm
Motto: By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty
|Boston is a major east coast center for technology.|
|You can still see the
colonial influence in Boston and other areas of
Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard are very popular tourist areas. Massachusetts is also the home of the major universities of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
|Major industries include manufacturing of telecommunications equipment, electrical equipment, textiles, metal products and food products. Farming includes dairy, cranberries and poultry.|
|Pilgrims landed on Massachusetts in the Mayflower founding the colony of Plymouth. The American Revolution began in Massachusetts with the Boston Tea Party.|
Massachusetts State Flag
|Massachusetts State Government home page|
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