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The capital of Massachusetts is Boston.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for Massachusetts: MA
For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "MASS" as the abbreviation for Massachusetts. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "MA" the official abbreviation.
Typical abbreviation for Massachusetts: Mass.
The pronunciation of Massachusetts:
When the people of Massachusetts refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: The state of Massachusetts is in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone and observes daylight saving time.
Nicknames for Massachusetts: "The Bay State"; "The Old Colony State"
State Motto: "Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem" (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
State Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee (poecile atricapillus)
State Tree: American Elm (ulmus americana)
State Flower: Mayflower (epigaea regens)
State Song: "All Hail to Massachusetts"
Statehood: Massachusetts became the 6th state on Feb 6, 1788.
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|This page was last modified: 13 Sep 2015|
|By John Hall|