STATE of MASSACHUSETTS (MA)
6th Star in U.S. Flag
Area: 7,840sq. miles 20,307 sq. km.
Statehood: February 6, 1788
Nickname: “Bay State” “Old Colony State”
Motto: “Ensie Petit Placidam Sub Liberatate Quietam” (“By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”)
Name origin: Massachusetts tribe “at or about the great hill”
State Website: www.mass.gov