By: Marie and Claire
Massachusetts Colony was a part of the New England colonies. The people of Massachusetts depended on the ocean to feed them through whaling. Since there was a lot of trees, logging, shipbuilding and trapping were also important. The Massachusetts area was large and hilly. Massachusetts also had the right climate to grow crops. Wheat, barley, and corn were some of the important ones. They also grew tobacco and rice.
Massachusetts usually depended on it's oceans for food. Fishing was the most important to the economy, although whaling, trapping, shipbuilding, and logging were also important. Eventually, Massachusetts got richer, made more ships, and started trading with Africa for slaves, and in return, the English gave them rum, an alcoholic drink. They also traded the West Indies slaves for molasses. Massachusetts was big into the farming and fishing industries. The people made their own clothes and shoes. They grew a lot of their own food. Crops like wheat and corn grew in big clumps, and most were shipped westward to England. Foods that didn't grow in America were shipped from England. The major New England port was Boston.
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
Founder of the Plymouth Colony
This is the present-day state of Massachusetts.