Facts about Massachusetts


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Have you ever visited Massachusetts before? Maybe you live there? Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Massachusetts here! Joey and Jinger love to learn cool facts about all of the different states. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Maryland. This week we are posting cool facts about Massachusetts. Only 29 more states to go!

Did you know that Massachusetts was the sixth (6th) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Massachusetts officially joined the union on February 6, 1788! Massachusetts is located in the Northeast region of the United States. Massachusetts is bordered by five (5) states: Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Massachusetts is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts is the forty-fourth (44th) largest state in the United States. Massachusetts is a small state. There are about 6,984,723 people that live in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts famous person alert:

Did you know that Louisa May Alcott lived in Concord, Massachusetts? Louisa May Alcott is a famous writer. She is best known for her books titled Little Women and Little Men.


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Facts about Massachusetts:

1. A few things Massachusetts is known for are: The Pilgrims, Thanksgiving Traditions, and one of the first 13 colonies. A few of the nicknames for the state of Massachusetts are: the Bay State, the Old Colony State, and the Codfish State. The Massachusetts state motto is Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem. The motto is a Latin phrase that means by the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty. The Massachusetts state motto was adopted sometime in 1775. The abbreviation for Massachusetts is MA.

2. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston. Boston officially became the capital of Massachusetts sometime in 1632. Boston has an estimated population of about 689,326 people.

3. The state bird of Massachusetts is the Black-capped chickadee. The Black-capped chickadee was chosen as the state bird for Massachusetts on March 21, 1941. The Black-capped chickadee has a black capped head. It has gray, black, and white coloring. It has a white underneath area. Its wings are gray and white. The Black-capped chickadee is a cute tiny bird.

4. The Massachusetts official state flower is the Mayflower also known as the trailing arbutus. The Mayflower is a low-lying spreading plant. The Mayflower became Massachusetts’s official state flower on May 1, 1918. The Mayflower has white to light pink flower petals. The Mayflower is a beautiful flower. The Mayflower blooms from March to July.

5. Massachusetts’s current state flag was officially adopted on July 3, 1971. Massachusetts’s state flag has a white background and features Massachusetts’s coat of arms on it. It has a blue shield with a white star and an Indian that is the color yellow holding a bow and an arrow. The state motto appears on a ribbon that goes under and slightly around the coat of arms. Above the coat of arms there is an arm and hand that is holding a sword.

6. Some crops that are grown in Massachusetts are: apples, corn, cranberries, hay, pumpkins, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Massachusetts are: Martha's Vineyard located in Dukes County, MA., the Freedom Trail located in Boston, MA., and the Cape Cod National Seashore located in Barnstable County, MA.

8. Some animals that live in Massachusetts are: bats, foxes, moose, raccoons, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.

9. Massachusetts can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Cumberland, Massachusetts on August 2, 1975. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Chester, Massachusetts on January 22, 1984.


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 Massachusetts worksheet

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Books about Massachusetts:

1. Massachusetts by Cody Crane

2. Massachusetts: What's So Great About This State? by Kate Boehm Jerome

3. Good Night Massachusetts by Adam Gamble

4. Kid's Guide to Boston by Eileen Ogintz

Parents/caretakers be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.



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