Massachusetts has been a significant part of American history. A few of Massachusetts towns were founded by colonists in the 1620’s and the 1630’s. Boston became known as the “Cradle of Liberty” during the eighteen century. Massachusetts capital and largest city is Boston. Massachusetts governor is Deval Patrick; he also is head of the executive branch and serves as chief administrative officer of state.
Massachusetts is bordered by 5 states; they are New Hampshire & Vermont up north, New York on the west and Connecticut & Rhode Island down south. Boston is located at the mouth of the Charles River, the longest river in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has a total of 9 major interstates and two turnpikes; I-290 and I-190. Massachusetts major airport is Logan International Airport. Massachusetts most popular outdoor recreational activities are sailing and yachting along the coast and offshore islands. Hiking and cross-country skiing are also popular in the Appalachian trial and the Mid-State Trail.
Massachusetts has a long history with amateur athletics and professional sport teams. Massachusetts basketball team are the Boston Celtics, they have won 17 NBA championships. The Boston Bruins have won 5 Stanley Cups and the New England Patriots have won 3 Super Bowls. It is said that Massachusetts has historically had a strong commitment to education. Massachusetts has scored the highest of all states in the math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. There are more then 40 colleges and universities in Boston city alone. The five-campus public university system of the commonwealth is University of Massachusetts. Massachusetts important sectors for its economy are higher education, biotechnology and healthcare. Massachusetts agricultural outputs are seafood, nursery stock, cranberries, tobacco and vegetables.
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