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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The states capital and largest city is Boston.

Massachusetts has been significant throughout American history. Plymouth was the second permanent English settlement in North America. (The first was Jamestown in Virginia.) In the 17th century, Massachusetts became a de facto Puritan theocracy. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the foment there which led to the American Revolution and the independence of the United States from the Kingdom of Great Britain. In the 19th century, Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to abolish slavery. It was a center of the temperance movement and abolitionist activity preceding the American Civil War.

A number of US Presidents and Vice Presidents have either been born in, or been established residents of, Massachusetts, from John Adams to George H. W. Bush.

Massachusetts in The Case of the Toxic Spell DumpEdit

Massachusetts was one of the Confederated Provinces of America.[1]

Massachusetts in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit

After the United States fell apart by the early 1800s, Massachusetts was one of several independent countries in North America. During the Second Northeastern War of 1837, Massachusetts, under the leadership of John Quincy Adams, annexed Rhode Island.

Massachusetts in A Different FleshEdit

Plymouth was one of the most populous commonwealths in the Federated Commonwealths of America in its early history. Boston was its capital.

Massachusetts in The Guns of the SouthEdit

Massachusetts was one of 12 states carried by President Abraham Lincoln during his unsuccessful reelection campaign.[2]

Massachusetts in Southern VictoryEdit

The politics of Massachusetts (along with the rest of New England) were solidly conservative Democrat. Noteworthy citizens of Massachusetts included the Kennedy and the Enos families. Second U.S. President John Adams was born and raised in Massachusetts, as was his son John Quincy Adams, the sixth President. President-elect Calvin Coolidge (who died less than a month before he was to enter office) entered politics as governor of the state, although he was born in Vermont.

The states capital and largest city Boston was a major harbor for the U.S. Navy, serving as headquarters of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In addition, the German High Seas Fleet's Western Squadron made Boston its primary anchorage.

Massachusetts in The Two GeorgesEdit

In the aftermath of the Seven Years' War, Massachusetts was one of a number of colonies that chafed under unrepresentative direct British rule. However, a new arrangement was peacefully negotiated forming the North American Union. Thus, Massachusetts was one of the oldest Provinces of the NAU.

Massachusetts had borders with New York Province, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Quebec, and New Brunswick, in addition to having a sizable coast on the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts was cleft by the narrow corridor which gave New Hampshire its own small coast.

Following the Potato Famine in the mid 19th century, a large number of Irish immigrants settled in Massachusetts, mostly in Boston. The Irish and their descendants were quite restive subjects of the British Empire, and swelled the ranks of the Independence Party and the Sons of Liberty.

Literary commentEdit

The province in the novel includes OTL Maine as well as Massachusetts.[3]

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