The Massachusetts Bay banished dissenters such as Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams due to religious and political disagreements.In 1636, Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and Hutchinson joined him there several years later. Among those who objected to this later in the century were the English Quaker preachers Alice and Thomas Curwen, who were publicly flogged and imprisoned in Boston in 1676.Plymouth was the site of the first colony in New England, founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower.In 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials.Faith., Kibler Marie Wilson., FAith Caldwell., Faith Tressler ., Faith caldwelltressler many not known by me Louis C Hollingsworth., Louis Hollingsworth., Craig Hollingsworth.m WARNING ABOUT THESE DANGEROUS DRUG USERS., SHOPLIFTERS., THEIVES., STANKY., FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WILL YA PLEASE HELP ME?The Massachusetts Bay Colony was named after the indigenous population, the Massachusett, likely derived from a Wôpanâak word muswach8sut, segmented as mus(ây) "big" wach8 "mountain" -s "diminutive" -ut "locative" (the '8' in these words refers to the 'oo' sound according to the Wôpanâak orthographic chart).Alternatively, Massachusett has been represented as Moswetuset—from the name of the Moswetuset Hummock (meaning "hill shaped like an arrowhead") in Quincy, where Plymouth Colony commander Myles Standish, hired English military officer, and Squanto, part of the now disappeared Patuxet band of the Wampanoag peoples, met Chief Chickatawbut in 1621.
Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
In 1641, Massachusetts expanded inland significantly, acquiring the Connecticut River Valley settlement of Springfield, which had recently disputed with, and defected from its original administrators, the Connecticut Colony.
In 1691, the colonies of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth were united (along with present-day Maine, which had previously been divided between Massachusetts and New York) into the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned as privateers and are credited with capturing or destroying about 600 British ships.
was an important figure in both the struggle for independence as well as the formation of the new United States.
Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families.