Colonies of New England

Colonies of New England

Rhode Island

Rhode Island was settled in 1636. Roger Williams was a large portion of the formation of Rhode Island. He was driven from Boston for his religious and political beliefs. He bought land and formed the city Providence. It was a place for people seeking religious freedom to go. In 1647, it became a colony. Click here to see a Map of Rhode Island. (Use the "back" button to return to this page).


New Hampshire

In 1614, John Smith explored what is now New Hampshire. By 1623, settlers founded New Hampshire's first permanent non-Indian town. Today that town is Hover. John Mason named New Hampshire in 1629 after Hampshire, England. In 1641, it was part of Massachusetts, but by 1680 it was made a colony by New England. Click here to see a Map of New Hampshire. (Use the "back" button to return to this page).


Massachusetts

In 1620 the pilgrims landed in what is now Massachusetts under a grant to the Plymouth Company. The "Mayflower Compact" lead them; it was signed before they left. They settled the Plymouth Colony and endured many hardships, almost not surviving. The Indians helped them, and in 1621 they celebrated the first Thanksgiving. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was formed in 1628, and by 1630 the city of Boston was formed. Click here to see a Map of Massachusetts. (Use the "back" button to return to this page).



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