Antique Maps and Prints of Historic Massachusetts.
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the history of the State,
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STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS
The article below was written in 1885 and makes interesting reading.
Topography: Massachusetts has an extreme length from northeast to southwest of about 160 miles; a breadth varying from forty-seven miles in the western to about 100 miles in the eastern part; and an estimated area of 8,315 square miles, or 5,321,600 acres.
The Elizabeth Islands, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and some smaller islands lying to the south belong to the State. The seacoast is extremely irregular and deeply indented, and there are numerous good harbors. Of the large rivers the Merrimac alone falls into the sea within the limits of the State.
The Connecticut traverses the western part of Massachusetts from north to south, and is not now navigated within the State. The Housatonic, Blackstone and Taunton flow through Massachusetts, and the Charles and Mystic rivers empty into Boston Bay. Nearly all the rivers afford valuable water power, but none are navigable except the Merrimac.
Two chains of the Green mountains traverse the western division from north to south, and are known as the Taconic and Hoosac ridges; Saddle mountain in the extreme northwest (3,600 feet high) being the highest peak. The east and northeast divisions are hilly and broken, and the southeast is low and sandy.
Climate: The winters of Massachusetts are severe and protracted, the summers short and warm, and the range of the thermometer from 10° below zero to 100° Fahrenheit.
The mean annual temperature is from 45° to 50°; that of spring, 43°; summer, 71°; autumn, 51°; winter, 21°. Snow falls usually during seven months, October to April. The average annual rainfall is about forty-two inches.
History: The earliest white settlement within the limits of Massachusetts was made in 1602, but was abandoned the same year. In 1614 Captain John Smith explored the New England coast from the Penobscot to Cape Cod.
The first permanent settlement was made at Plymouth in 1620, by a number of English Separatists. The colony of Massachusetts Bay was founded in 1628. Additional immigrants arrived shortly afterward, and in 1630 Boston was settled. Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Saugus, Watertown and other towns sprang up, and a royal patent was obtained for the company of the Massachusetts Bay.
Under Charles I. an attempt was made to annul the charter, but the colonists refused to surrender it, and took prompt measures for the fortification of Boston harbor. In 1637 occurred the Pequot war, but it was chiefly fought in Connecticut. In 1675-76 Massachusetts, during the war with King Philip, suffered terribly at the hands of the Indians.
In 1684 the high court of chancery in England declared the charter forfeited, the general court was dissolved, and Joseph Dudley was appointed president of Massachusetts. He was superseded in 1686 by Sir Edmund Andros, who ruled in a most arbitrary manner until his deposition by the people in 1689.
The colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay were united in 1692. The Anglo-French wars, which occurred at frequent intervals between 1690 and 1763, involved Massachusetts and other colonies. There were renewed hostilities with the French and Indians in 1703-4, and the last general war with the natives occurred in 1722-25. In the events preceding the Revolution Massachusetts bore a most prominent part.
On March 5, 1770, occurred the Boston massacre, and on Dec. 16, 1773, the destroying of the tea, which resulted in the passage of the "Boston port bill" by the British Parliament in March, 1774. The first contest of the war took place on Massachusetts soil, and throughout the struggle for independence the State sustained an active part.
Massachusetts adopted a State constitution in 1780, and has several times amended it, especially in 1820 and 1857. The United States constitution was ratified Feb. 6, 1788. Shay's rebellion occurred 1786-87.
The State of Maine was set off from Massachusetts in 1820, and in 1861 the village of Fall River was acquired from Rhode Island in exchange for the town of Pawtucket and some other territory.
Massachusetts, although greatly opposed to the war with England 1812-14, furnished large numbers of seamen to the American navy, and during the Civil war gave 146,730 soldiers and many sailors to the Union forces, and expended over $30,000,000 on account of the war.
Population: Census of 1880: Males, 858,440; Females, 924,645; Native, 1,339,594; Foreign, 443,491; White, 1,763,782; Colored, 19,303, including 229 Chinese, 8 Japanese, and 369 Indians.
VIEW IN MASSACHUSETTS
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ANTIQUARIAN MAP OF MASSACHUSETTS
Published by Collier - 1914
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OTHER POSTAPRINT US STATES FEATURE PAGES
Colonial American Gazette - Massachusetts
Deborah Samson - Official Heroine of the State of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Facts - 50 States
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