How Did Massachusetts Get Its Nickname?

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Massachusetts got its nickname of "The Bay State" from the early settlers because it was close to several large bays. Occasionally, Massachusetts is also called the "Old Colony State."

Massachusetts was founded in 1620 by passengers from the Mayflower. The name "Massachusetts" translates in Algonquin to mean "near the great hill" or "at the range of hills." It is the seventh smallest state in the United States and lies in New England close to several large bays, including Massachusetts Bay, which is on the edge of the Charles River.

Today, Massachusetts, which is bordered by Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, is the 14th most populous state in the United States.