Massachusetts Colony

Jeremy Smith, Matthew Deeringwater,Zane Goodin, Erik Adkins


During the colonial and early national periods, the towns of Salem, Gloucester, Marble head, and Boston, among others, gave the state strong fishing and shipbuilding industries. Boston was also an important commercial port and a leading center of foreign commerce. Agriculture was important, but productivity of the rocky soil was limited, and by the mid-1800s, farming could not sustain the expanding population. The opening of the Erie Canal, and subsequent competition with cheaper produce grown in the West, hastened agriculture's decline in the Bay State.


The Massachusetts Bay Colony was Founded by the Puritans, a religious minority group who migrated to the New World seeking to create a model religious community. The Puritans believed that the Anglican Church needed to be purified of the influences of Catholicism.


The English colonist had good ideas for the government. They been developing for centuries. In the 1600 the English had won political liberties, such as trial by jury, that were largely unknown elsewhere. At the heart of the English system the principles of government. These principals limited government and representative government greatly influenced development of the united states.By the first the colonists reached north american the government was not all powerful any more.


Massachusetts was one of the first colonies to be made in America. Massachusetts was also known for their high and elite education and religious belief. Massachusetts has still kept their religious belief because of the legacy of the pilgrims and puritans. Massachusetts was the first colony that started democracy.