Vermont became a state in 1791 but did not fully ban slavery until 1858 with the Vermont Personal Liberty Law.

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The event known as the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World which lasted for three days.

The Pilgrims were soon followed by other Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony at present-day Boston in 1630.

The entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts has played a powerful commercial and cultural role in the history of the United States.

Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v.

Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families.

), officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west.

Over 80% of Massachusetts' population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry.