By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 6, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the formal admission of a historic member to the Union of States now known as the United States.

Number 6

The land occupied by this Commonwealth has been inhabited by humans for about 12,000 years.  The tribes fought wars against each other on and off, as is customary in human history.  Fast forwarding to 1620, the Europeans showed up to form a colony.

You probably guessed by now that we are talking about Massachusetts.

Massachusetts was a hot bed of many different ideas and things.  It is believed to have hosted the “First Thanksgiving” which symbolically represented togetherness with the natives and European settlers.  It also boasts to be first to accuse and execute a few for being believed to be a witch (Salem).  It was the tipping point place in the uprising by the colonists against their home country, England.  It became a center of education and industrial revolution, American style.  Four US Presidents were born in the Commonwealth: the two Adams’ – (John and John Quincy), John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush.

It was admitted formally to the Union on February 6, 1788 – number six.

By the way, we are not aware of any serious drive to change the name of the Commonwealth, as its name is derived from the name of indigenous people, the Massachusett Tribe.

Ruth White’s humorous pictorial map of Massachusetts is shown here from 1938.

Massachusetts – 1938 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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