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by David Allen Lambert
Paperback, 44 pages
European settlers first arrived in Massachusetts in the early seventeenth century in what was primarily the territory of Algonquian Indian tribes. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Massachusetts was a gateway of English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish emigrants. It also was a slave-holding state until 1783. During the nineteenth century, emigrants from Canada, Eastern Europe, Great Britain, Italy, and Portugal, and freed African Americans settled in Massachusetts. Research in Massachusetts provides a solid framework and useful tool for researchers who may be looking for subject matter linked to a Native American tribe, a Mayflower ancestor, first settler documentation, or information on someone who arrived later in Massachusetts’s history as well as other resources such as qualifying military service.