Massachusetts, The Bay State

Massachusetts, The Bay State

By Sandra Merville Hart The nickname of Massachusetts is The Bay State. People from Massachusetts are called “Bay Staters.” Early History of Massachusetts A ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers in 1620. One person died on the voyage. One baby, Oceanus, was born along the way. The leaders wanted to go to near Jamestown, Virginia, but instead landed at what they called Plymouth, Massachusetts. This became our second colony. The Pilgrims went ashore near the now-famous Plymouth Rock.   Native Americans teach them to survive The Pilgrims decided to build a town at Plymouth. Illnesses killed many of them during the first winter. In the spring, a Native American, Samoset, from the Wampanoag tribe, visited them. He introduced...

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