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. In 1773, the Boston Tea Party protested 

unjust taxation. 



 The New England State of Vermont boasts a rich history reflecting the broad American experience. ... Native Americans, primarily from the Abenaki tribe, have lived in Vermont for 10,000 years. In 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain was the first European to set foot in Vermont



 The colony that became the state of New Hampshire was founded on the division in 1629 of a land grant given in 1622 by the Council for New England to Captain John Mason (former governor of Newfoundland) and Sir Ferdinando Gorges (who founded Maine). 



 Maine, the largest of the six New England states, lies at the  northeastern corner of the country. Maine became the 23rd state on March  15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise, which allowed Missouri to  enter the union as a slave state and Maine as a free state. Maine is  boundedby the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, and by New  Hampshire. Maine is famous for its rocky coastline, and is the leading  U.S. producer of lobsters and blueberries. 


  • Maine was a district of the state of Massachusetts until 1820.



 Rhode Island, measuring only about 48 miles long and 37 miles wide, is  the smallestof the U.S. states. Despite its small area, Rhode Island,  known as the “Ocean State,” boasts over 400 miles of coastline. Rhode  Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636, who had been banished  fromthe Massachusetts colony for hisadvocacy ofreligious tolerance and  the separation of church and state.During the colonial period, Newport  was a major hub for shipping and trade, and in the 19th century Rhode  Island was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the  establishment of power-driven textile mills.Rhode Island hosted the  first National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899, and is home to the  Tennis Hall of Fame.Famous Rhode Islanders include novelists Cormac  MacCarthy and Jhumpa Lahiri, actor James Woods, television personality  Meredith Vieira and Civil War U.S. Army officer Ambrose Burnside. 



 History of Connecticut. The U.S. state of Connecticut  began as three distinct settlements of Puritans from Massachusetts and  England; they combined under a single royal charter in 1663. ... The  word "Connecticut" is a French corruption of the Native American word quinetucket, which means "beside the long, tidal river". 

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