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It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west.The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states.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.Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v.Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.This was the second successful permanent English colony in the part of North America that later became the United States, after the Jamestown Colony.The event known as the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World which lasted for three days.
His first victory was the Siege of Boston in the winter of 1775–76, after which the British were forced to evacuate the city.
The Pilgrims were soon followed by other Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony at present-day Boston in 1630.
Both religious dissent and expansionism resulted in several new colonies being founded shortly after Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay elsewhere in New England.
Plymouth was 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.