Massachusetts State Flags & Banners available in all sizes in nylon and polyester. The first English settlers in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims, established their settlement at Plymouth in 1620, and developed friendly relations with the native Wampanoag. The state of Massachusetts was founded in 1788. Massachusetts is home to the nation's first college, Harvard University, and the birthplace of both vollyball (invented in 1895) and basketball (invented in 1891). See more Massachusetts gift ideas and souvenirs.
Information and history of the state of Massachusetts
Massachusetts has played a significant role in American history since the Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. As one of the most important of the 13 colonies, Massachusetts became a leader in resisting British oppression.
Boston was the center of revolutionary activity in the decade before 1775, with Massachusetts natives Samuel Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock as leaders who would become important in the revolution.
Some Massachusetts Symbols
1. State Bird
2. State Dog
3. State Flower
4. State Insect
5. State Beverage
6. State Tree
7. State Dessert
8. State Cat
9. State Fish
10. State Reptile
Black-capped Chickadee - The black-capped chickadee was designated the state bird of Massachusetts in 1941.
Boston Terrier- The Boston Terrier was recognized by the Massachusetts legislature as official state dog in 1979. A cross between an English bulldog and an English terrier, the Boston terrier was the first dog developed in America.
Mayflower - Massachusetts adopted the mayflower as the official state in 1918.
Ladybug - Ladybugs help gardeners and farmers by eating tiny insect pests that damage plants.The ladybug was adopted as the official state insect in 1974.
Cranberry Juice - Cranberry juice was named the state beverage of Massachusetts in 1970 as a tribute to the great Massachusetts cranberry industry.
American Elm - Massachusetts designated the American elm as the official state tree in 1941, commemorating the fact that George Washington took command of the Continental Army beneath an American elm in 1775.
Boston Cream Pie -Massachusetts designated the Boston cream pie the official state dessert of Massachusetts in 1996.
Tabby Cat -The tabby cat was designated the official state cat in 1988. A tabby is not a breed of cat but a description of the cat's fur coloring.
Cod - The Cod was designated as the state fish in 1974.
Garter Snake - The garter snake was designated as the official reptile of Massachusetts in 2007.
Did you know?
552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.
The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.
Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636. Because of Harvard's size there is no universal mailing address that will work for every office at the University.
The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
The Mather school was founded in Dorchester in 1639. It is the first public elementary school in America.
Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.