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Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Boston, MA // New England Region // Eastern Time
(The Bay State)
Plymouth Colony founded: December 21, 1620 by the Pilgrims
Province of Maine established: August 10, 1622
Massachusetts Bay Colony founded: March 19, 1628
Province of Massachusetts Bay

October 7, 1691 (Royal Charter)
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia secession: 1696
(present day Canadian provinces)
Independence declared: May 1, 1776
Union admittance: February 6, 1788 // 6th state
District of Maine secession: March 15, 1820
[1] The Province of Massachusetts was formed by merging the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth Colony, Province of Maine, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Previously New Hampshire was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1641 - 1679.
[View map of Plymouth Colony]
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#4297 // August 6, 2009
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Massachusetts State Flag
sailboats and seagulls
#1973 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
Black-Capped Chickadee
(Parus atricapillus)
and Mayflower
#1638 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Massachusetts State Flag

The "Mayflower" Landing of the Pilgrims Signing of the Compact
#548-550 // December 21, 1920 // Pymouth, MA
Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 21, 1620
Scott catalogue value of stamp set Nos. 548-550 (3)
US$ 90 (mint, never hinged), US$ 25 (used)

#682 // April 8, 1930 // Salem, MA
Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
#2341 // February 6, 1988 // Boston, MA
Massachusetts Statehood
Ratification of the Constitution
on February 6, 1788

Old State House (built in 1713),
206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109

#1420 // November 21, 1970 // Plymouth, MA
350th Anniversary of the
Landing of the "Mayflower"

The ship "Mayflower" and Pilgrims
The Pilgrims founded the Plymouth Colony on December 21, 1620. On May 14, 1692 the colony became part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, the origin of present-day Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

#3581 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Massachusetts

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Massachusetts state quarter
View Massachusetts state map
View Massachusetts clock

The state name comes from the language of the Algonquian Indians of the
Massachusetts Bay area, roughly translated as "at or about the great hill".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
7,840 [20.306]
ranked 45th
(census 2010)
ranked 14th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
835 [323]
ranked 4th
The State of Massachusetts has 14 counties.

Stamped Cards 

#UX148 // June 16, 1990 // Medford, MA
Stamped Postal Card
Historic Preservation Series
Isaac Royall House
National Historic Landmark

Isaac Royall House and slave quarters at 15 George St, Medford, MA,
former "Ten Hills Farm", built (1732/1737) in Georgian architectural style,
during 1732/1775 the home of the colonial American slavers
Isaac Royall (* 1672, † 1739) and his son (* 1719, † 1781)


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