Massachusetts, one of the original 13 colonies is commonly known as “The Bay State.” America’s first public beach, Revere Beach is located in The Bay State. Harvard University, the first and the oldest institution of higher education in the country is also located here.
Following are few quick facts about Massachusetts.
State motto of Massachusetts – Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
State song – All Hail to Massachusetts
Nick names – Bay State; Old Colony State
State insect – Ladybug
State flower – Mayflower
State bird – Chickadee
State colors – Blue, Green and Cranberry
State beverage – Cranberry juice
Major industries of Massachusetts include textiles, electronics, publishing, education, tourism and fishing. The state has a lot of historical monuments including USS Constitution, Boston Harbor, Paul Revere Statue in Boston and John F. Kennedy National Historic Site. Must see places of the state include Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Freedom Trail, Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, Nantucket, New England Aquarium and Worcester Art Museum.
Here are few famous native residents of Massachusetts
Susan B. Anthony, woman suffragist
George H. W. Bush, former president of the U.S.
Emily Dickinson, poet
Benjamin Franklin, statesman and scientist
John F. Kennedy, former president of the U.S.
Matt Damon, actor
Bette Davis, actress