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Caden and Chris
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Massachusetts, or Massachusetts Bay as it was known before, was founded in 1630. The Founder, John Winthrop, was soon to be the governor of the founded colony. Massachusetts was founded due to the reason that a group of English men (Also known as Puritan) wanted to establish a colony at Northern Virginia (1607) and for religious freedom.
The Massachusetts area was first explored by John Cabot, Bartholomew Gosnold, and Samuel de Champlain throughout the the 1500s. However in 1620, its most famous visitors landed on Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims! These pilgrims were Puritans, escaping religious tensions back in England. On their journey, the pilgrims created the Mayflower Compact, a legal contract with the agreement of fair laws to protects the common good. The Native Americans also helped the Pilgrims learn things like fertilizing soil with fish remains and the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag chief Massasoit and 90 other guests to celebrate their harvest, this event became known as Thanksgiving. In Plymouth, woman were given more legal rights than they did in England. Anne Hutchinson was on such woman who emigrated with her family from England. Over time, Hutchinson began to question the teachings of the local ministers. Her growing popularity made her be banished by the colony and she later died in an American Indian attack. She is remembered as a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom.
Massachusetts played an important role in American history as well. Boston was a major commercial center and a central point for trade. Many important founding fathers, such as John Adams and Samuel Adams. Many Massachusetts colonists opposed British policy. The English Ministers succeeded to react against this opposition. Many acts, such as the Stamp and Townshend Acts greatly angered Massachusetts colonists. Massachusetts then became the site for many important American Revolution events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.
Founder and Reasons Founded
Types of Economy
A wide variety of people inhabited Massachusetts. Puritans were a religious group, coming to America to escape religious tensions. Other colonists involved in the economy included shipbuilders, fur traders, merchants, fishing, craftspeople and more. During the American Revolution, patriots were also about. Slavery wasn't a big thing up north and in Massachusetts. This was due to the fact that the soil wasn't good at all for crop growing and cattle raising.
Types of People Living in the Colony
Massachusetts had many colonists who believed in many religions (57.24% were religious). But the main three religions were Catholic (45.83%), Christianity (2.58%), and Jewish (1.23%). Their were also others who settled here.They were known as Puritans. they came here to seek religious freedom and to change the ways of England's church (Also known as the Angelic Church). Their were also other religions found in early Massachusetts such as Muslim, Arabic, and other northern/eastern religions.
Types of Religion
Massachusetts's colonial economy was mainly dependent on shipbuilding, fishing, fur, and lumber trades. Because the climate in Massachusetts were often harsh and the rocky soil meant that few farms could grow cash crops. Thus there was little need for farm laborers and although some people held slaves, slavery did not become important to this region. Trade however, was vital and many merchants traded goods locally, with other colonies, as well as overseas. Many merchants grew extremely wealthy and took on leadership positions. Fishing and shipbuilding became important as well. The rich waters on Massachusetts's coast provided many fish and shipbuilding not only furthered this but allowed for a number of ships to be built thanks to the many forests. Craftspeople also involved the youth learning a number of skillful trade skills for them and their families.
Why Should You Settle Here?
The Massachusetts Bay colony is an excellent place to live and prosper! Here we have many jobs including things such as shipbuilding, fur trading, merchants, lumber trading, and many more! Massachusetts location is an excellent port and we were made off the basis for religious freedom! Also, we have great relation ships between other American Indians and we believe in the common good!
By Caden and Chris
United States History Textbook