Massachusetts has played a significant historical, cultural, and commercial role in American history. Plymouth
, (where you can see Plymouth Rock), was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower. Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In 1692, the town of Salem
and surrounding areas experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem Witch Trials. Nearby Gloucester, MA
is the home to America's original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America.
In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolution and the independence of the United States from Great Britain. You can visit Lexington and Concord for that history. 560,369
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