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ID: 7007517
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Massachusetts (state)  Massachusetts (state)

Coordinates:
Lat: 42 15 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 42.2500  decimal degrees
Long: 071 50 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -71.8333  decimal degrees

Note: Settled by Amerindians by 2nd mill. BCE; Norsemen may have landed here in 1003; Europeans fished here in 16th cen.; Plymouth Colony established by English in 1620; played key role in Revolution; was intellectual center of nation until mid-19th cen.

Names:
Massachusetts (preferred,C,V)  ............ derived from Algonkian word meaning "large-hill-place," originally designating a village in the area
MA (C,V,USPS)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Massachusetts (state)  ............  Massachusetts (state) (P)

Place Types:
state (preferred, B)  ............  since February 6, 1788
first level subdivision (C)

Sources and Contributors:
MA..........  [VP]
...........  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 1256
Massachusetts..........  [BHA, FDA, VP Preferred]
..........................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) 2:575-576
..........................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
..........................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 29:278 ff.
..........................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) Plate 102
..........................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS88000321
..........................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, FDA, VP]
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 575-576; 2:575-576
..................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XXIX, 278 ff.; 29:278 ff.
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) Plate 102
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS88000321
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 1256
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988)

 

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