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These interesting facts about Massachusetts for kids include the Salem Witch Trials, the first subway system, Benjamin Franklin, and basketball.


This is part of the 50 states unit study as we travel around America, learning about the history of each state. Check out these Arkansas facts for kids below! Find some fun crafts, activities, and books for each state that will engage kids of all ages.

5 Interesting Facts about Massachusetts

Massachusetts is on the eastern coast of the United States and has the nickname, The Bay State. It became a state in 1788 and was the 6th state inducted into the nation. The capital is Boston and was the center of culture for many years in this country’s early stages. 

Fact One: The Salem Witch Trials were held here 

The mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials took place in 1692 and 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts. More than 200 people were accused and 25 people died as a result. This tragic time in history should be remembered and never repeated. 

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Fact Two: The first subway system was built in Boston 

The first subway system was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897. It had four tracks and is now a National Historic Landmark. It was the beginning of an extensive subway system in the United States.  

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Fact Three: Benjamin Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1706. He was a scientist, newspaperman, freemason, author, and inventor. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and helped develop the Declaration of Independence. 

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Fact Four: The first basketball game was played in 1891 

Basketball was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 by James Naismith. This sport grew very popular after it was introduced at colleges in the country and is now a major part of American culture. This is also where the Basketball Hall of Fame is located.  

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Fact Five: Harvard was the first college established in North America 

Harvard University was established in 1636 as the first college in the country in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s one of the most prestigious schools in the world and accepts only top-tier students. It also has one of the largest library systems in the world with 79 libraries and over 20.4 million items. 

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