Welcome to the HistoryofMassachusetts.org! This site is dedicated to the history of the Bay state.
Massachusetts is a truly historic state. Although it was first colonized in the 17th century, indigenous people have lived in Massachusetts for over ten thousand years. The 17th century brought a wave of Puritan immigrants into the state while the preceding centuries brought new waves of immigrants. Each century brought more and more change to Massachusetts until it finally evolved into the state that you see today.
The following is an overview of the History of Massachusetts, categorized by century. Each category includes numerous articles about the Massachusetts people, places and events of that century:
Massachusetts was colonized in the 17th century. The beginning phase of this colonization was very difficult for the colonists and they suffered many hardships such as disease epidemics, starvation, war, political struggles and a witch hunt brought on by mass hysteria. Although the colonies began as separate, privately-run colonies, by the end of the century the British government took them over and turned them into one large royal colony heavily regulated and ruled by the crown.
In the 18th century, Massachusetts was still plagued by war, disease epidemics and political strife. The Massachusetts colonies had become very successful but the colonists continued to struggle with the British government over control of them. This struggle came to a head in the late 18th century and turned into an outright war with Britain.
The 19th century was a century of growth and change for Massachusetts. Wars raged on in various parts of the country and although many Massachusetts citizens fought in these wars, they did not take place in the state. The industrial revolution brought manufacturing jobs to Massachusetts which soon became the manufacturing hub of the country. State of the art hospitals and medical facilities were established in the state that also made it the medical mecca of the country. With the abundance of ivy league universities and an emphasis on education and literacy, the state also became home to an impressive literary scene which produced a number of notable authors. Various public works projects also changed the shape, size and the infrastructure of the state permanently. New waves of immigrant also began to pour into Massachusetts during this century, which helped shape the culture.
In addition, the site also features a helpful resource page, a library corner, reviews of popular historical attractions in Massachusetts and product recommendations for history books, costumes and more in each related section.
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