Massachusetts is one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States and is probably the most historically significant of the states. The destination of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims, the state was named by colonist John Smith after the Massachusetts tribe.
The capital of the state is Boston—the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre—two huge events from the American Revolution. As a revolutionary state, Massachusetts is also known for being the birthplace of the American industrial revolution.
A little known fact about Massachusetts is that it has the second largest cranberry crop in America. With fertile land, the state is one of the most important producers of vegetables and fruits in the United States.
Today, tourism is important to the economy of the state. With historical landmarks, recreational areas and the beaches at Cape Cod—there’s even an artist colony at Provincetown. For those who enjoy classical music, they would be wise to visit Tanglewood—the home of the world famous Boston Symphony.
And even now, Massachusetts is a ground-breaking state—it’s the first state in the Union to have legalized gay marriage.
For travellers, there is much to see in the state of Massachusetts whether your destination is the Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth, the Old North Church in Boston or the John F. Kennedy Library, for Massachusetts is the birthplace of America.