Massachusetts is a US state located in the New England region. The state’s nickname is Bay State. This nickname refers to the Massachusetts Bay, the part of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts. According to ablogtophone, the state has an area of 27,360 km² and about 6.6 million inhabitants with Boston as the capital.
The coasts of Massachusetts were visited by English explorers in the early 1600s. The first settlement to be established in the area was that of the Piligrim Fathers in 1620 near Plymouth. In 1626 a second settlement followed: Salem.
The society that formed in the area was very strict othodox- Protestant with a lot of attention for cultural education. In 1636 the first university was founded: Harvard.
In the period between 1675-1676, the so-called King Philip’s War took place, in which Native Americans resisted the influx of whites.
In the eighteenth century, Massachusetts was going through a very strong period economically. It was partly for this reason that it was one of the first states to oppose English taxes and was one of the thirteen states that fought British rule during the American Revolution (1775-1783).
After the American Revolution, Massachusetts became one of the most important states of the Union. The state had a strong merchant navy and was home to many of America’s greatest writers and scholars. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Massachusetts was the first state to heed President Abraham Lincoln ‘s call to defend the Union of Northern States.
According to bestitude, Massachusetts joined the United States as a state on February 6, 1788 .
Massachusetts Flag & Motto
There is a blue seal on the white flag of the state. Next to a white star is an Indian of the Algonquin tribe with a bow and arrow. The arrow represents peace because it faces downwards. Below this image is a ribbon with the state motto:
Ense Petit Placidam, Sub Libertate Quietem.
This means as much as “by the sword we seek peace, but peace only under freedom”. The state flag was used as early as the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). However, it was only officially inaugurated on March 18, 1908.
Sudbury, Assabet and Concord WSR
Located approximately 25 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts , the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers provide a true respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area provides a number of recreational opportunities, which are especially enjoyed by Boston residents. There are also great conditions for hiking, bird watching, fishing and water skiing. Rivers also form a suitable environment for education and teaching of students focused on the ecology of river systems.
The rivers are not at all wild, the river flows slowly in them, therefore they are also suitable for beginner paddlers. There is also a boat rental on the Sudbury River, so every visitor has the opportunity to rent a boat. Of course, it is also possible to go out on the water with your own boat at one of the access points.
There is rich flora around the rivers and many animals have also found their refuge here, such as otters, muskrats, minks, beavers and turtles. For example, large colonies of blue herons live here, which you can watch while cruising the river nesting on the banks or looking for prey in the shallow water. Sea eagles circle above the heads of the boaters, startling them here and there as they try to catch food from the water. More than two hundred and twenty species of birds nest in this area, which is why ornithologists also come here in large numbers. Passionate anglers can catch perch, small pike and other smaller fish species here.
From the plant kingdom, broad-leaved dogwood, red and silver maple, buckthorn, water chestnut and other flora found on the banks of rivers are typical for this area. Although the area has been inhabited for quite a long time, more than 4,800 acres of wetlands have been preserved along these rivers, which are home to numerous species of centipedes, vertebrates and mussels.
Westfield is a town located in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census, Westfield had a population of 40,072. Near the city is a protected area called the Westfield Wild Scenic River, which was declared by the US Congress in 1968. The area preserves many natural, cultural and historical values, it is also important from a recreational, geological and scenic point of view. In addition, it has become home to a large number of wild animals and endangered species, and the river itself is rich in various types of fish.
Flowing more than 78 miles through the state of Massachusetts, the Westfield River became the nation’s first wild river. Today, with its three tributaries, it creates a unique landscape suitable for various sports activities, such as kayaking or canoeing. The river connects historic villages, pristine desert areas, prime farmland, gorges and waterfalls of exceptional quality. The width of the river corridor is 200 feet, which allows a large amount of water to flow. Today, the river is protected by several state organizations and federal agencies.