New England Colonies

Rhode Island

Founded: 1636 by Roger Williams and others, at Providence


Major Industry: Agriculture (livestock, dairy, fishing), Manufacturing (lumbering)


Major Cities: Providence


Colony Named for: Dutch for red island


Became a State: May 29, 1790

Connecticut

Founded: 1636 by Thomas Hooker and others, at Hartford


Major Industry: Agriculture (wheat, corn, fishing)


Major Cities: Hartford, New Haven


Colony Named for: from an Algonquin word, quinnehtukqut, beside the long tidal river


Became a State: February 6, 1788

Massachusetts

Founded: 1630 by John Winthrop and others, at Massachusetts Bay


Major Industry: Agriculture (fishing, corn, livestock), Manufacturing (lumbering, shipbuilding)


Major Cities: Boston, Quincy, Plymouth, Salem, Lexington, Concord


Colony Named for: Massachusetts tribe (word means large hill place


Became a State: February 6, 1788

New Hampshire

Founded: 1638 by John Wheelwright and others


Major Industry: Agriculture (potatoes, fishing), Manufacturing (textiles, shipbuilding)


Major Cities: Concord


Colony Named for: country of Hampshire in England


Became a State: June 21, 1788