Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a U.S. state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean.
Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north. Most of its population of 6.4 million live in the Boston metropolitan area.
Massachusetts takes its name from the Massachusett tribe of Native Americans, who lived in the Great Blue Hill region, south of Boston. The Indian term supposedly means "at or about the Great Hill".
Massachusetts increased number of organic farms from 129 in 2002 to 295 in 2007, and organic sales from $7.8M in sales in 2002 to $17.5M in 2007.
The motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem, is printed in gold on a blue ribbon. It can be translated as "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty." This motto is supported by the ruffle sleeved arm grasping a sword that is depicted above the shield.
Only Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saw a bigger decline in its labor force than Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor. The US Census Bureau estimated that between July 2002 and July 2006, 222,000 more residents left Massachusetts for other states than came to it.
One of the original 13 colonies and one of the six New England states, Massachusetts (officially called a commonwealth) is known for being the landing place of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. English explorer and colonist John Smith named the state for the Massachuset tribe. Boston, the state capital, was a hotbed of activity, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, during the American Revolution.
If you are from Massachusetts, you might be called a Bay Stater. This term was used so often that it was made the official citizenry for the state. Also related to the above name is the nickname, the “Bay State” or “Old Bay State.”
It is true that taxes, spending and debt rose in Massachusetts on Romney’s watch, as the Obama team claims. And Romney – who casts himself as a champion of lower taxes, spending and debt – has been less than forthcoming about those aspects of his record.
The Massachusetts state motto was written around the year of 1659 by Algernon Sidney, an English politician and soldier. This interesting mix of 'politician/soldier' may be seen reflected in the Massachusetts motto
Surveys have shown that Massachusetts already had one of the lowest rates of uninsured: about 370,000 to 500,000 people, or about 6 percent to 8 percent of the 6.3 million people in the state.