Massachusetts Bay Colony

Updated: 10/28/2020
Massachusetts Bay Colony
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Massachusetts Bay Colony

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

In 1630, about ten years after the Pilgrims traveled to the New World, a group of people called the Puritans made their own voyage from England. The Puritans believed that the Church of England needed to be purified and that it embraced too many Catholic beliefs. Rather than try to change the church in England, they traveled to find a place where they could set up their own church and run it their own way. Led by a man named John Winthrop, the Puritans settled near what would become Boston. They called it the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Storyboard Description

Create a storyboard outlining the history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and it's foundation.

Storyboard Text

  • History
  • Massachusetts
  • England
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Major Towns/Cities
  • Lexington
  • Plymouth Colony
  • Boston
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Salem
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Religion
  • Do not enter if you are not a pure believer!
  • The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630 by John Winthrop and other Puritans. Its original name was Province of Massachusetts Bay and later became Massachusetts and Maine.
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Major towns and cities included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony are Boston, Quincy, Salem, Lexington, and Concord.
  • There was absolutely no other religion accepted in the Massachusetts Bay Colony other than Puritanism. Religious services were very long and could easily last over 2 hours.
  • Did You Know?
  • H
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Economy
  • The Puritans believed strongly in good education. In 1636, they founded Harvard University in Boston, which was a major city in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The colonists made their living off of fishing, whaling, and shipbuilding. Although farming was difficult, they planted pumpkins and other crops.
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