Located in the northeastern region of the United States, Massachusetts is home to about 6.4 million people who live in the Boston metropolitan area. Bordered between New York and the Atlantic Ocean, it is the most populous of the six New England states. Considered the "Cradle of Liberty," Massachusetts played a significant role in America's independence from Great Britain and the Revolutionary War in the eighteenth century. Contributing more to its fight for justice and liberty, Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to abolish slavery. It became a prominent center of abolitionist activity proceeding the American Civil War in the nineteenth century. Initially starting off as a manufacturing center during the Industrial age, it shifted to focus on services in the 21st century becoming a leader in higher education and an explosion of new technology.
Massachusetts is also home to the country’s oldest college, now called Harvard University which was founded in 1636.Today, tourism plays a very important role in the state's economy with Boston and Cape Cod being leading destinations. Salem, Plymouth and Berkshires are among other popular tourist destinations. Some fun-filled activities for tourists to enjoy include sailing, yachting, hiking and skiing. The most popular long distance hiking trails include the Appalachian Trail, Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and the Midstate Trail. Tourists also enjoy sport fishing and wildlife hunting when visiting Massachusetts. Forests currently cover about 62% of Massachusetts. For more information regarding tourism and wildlife, visit the yellow pages.
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