Founding of the Massachusetts Colony
1587
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John Winthrop, Puritan leader and first elected governor of Massachusetts born
1590
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William Bradford, 30 year governor of Plymouth Colony Born
1602
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Bartholamew Gosnold, Brittish navigator discovers cape cod
1614
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The first maps of New England and Massachusetts Bay are recorded by John Smith
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The first maps of New England and Massachusetts Bay are recorded by John Smith
1620
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May flower compact signed by 41 of 102 pilgrims to go ashore. Established first written law and governance in Massachusetts and America
1621
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Miles Standish appointed first commander of Plymouth Colony, becoming the first designated leader in what would become the Massachusetts Colony
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Miles Standish establishes first treaty with Indians, first thanksgiving is held
1623
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Then govorner of Plymouth Colony William Bradford institues private property allowing colonists to turn prifits off of their land
1629
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Royal Charter from King Charles II allows for 1000 puritans to colonize between the Charles and Merrimack Rivers
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John Endicott is named govorner of Massachusetts Colony, sepearte from the Plymouth Colony
1630
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John Wintrhop Lands and declares himself govornor of Massachusetts and moves the colony to Charlestown
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area of Trimontaine is renamed Boston and made the colony's capital
1631
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Puritans are granted voting rights and although he appointed himself already, John Winthrom is elected govornor
1634
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Massachusetts Bay Colony annexes Maine
1637
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King James hand over the Colony to Sir Fernando Gorges
1652
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Massachuestts declares itself a commonwealth
1675
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King James War against Indians start enabing the colony to spread westward


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