Thursday, April 7, 2016

Up with U.S. Geography: Massachusetts

State Name:


Date of Entry:
February 6, 1788


Map of USA. Massachusetts outlined in dark ink,
shaded, & with an arrow pointing to it.

A close-up of Massachusetts & its neighbors.

Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York

Water Borders:
Cape Cod Bay, Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, Buzzards Bay

Total Area:
10,565 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge

Famous Geographical Point:
Cape Cod

State Nickname:
The Bay State. As you can see from the map, Massachusetts is bordered by some pretty famous bays.

Famous Person:
Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution

Book Set In/About:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller

A fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials.

Movie Set In/About:
"The Departed" (2006), directed by Martin Scorsese

I'm going to quote myself from my own review: "While undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) tries to get close enough to big-time crime boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) to make a bust, Frank's man Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department. It's a race to see who discovers who first."

Quite honestly, I was going to list "Good Will Hunting" (a film I don't much care for) here until I remembered that "The Departed" (an all-time favorite) is set in Boston.

Headline of the Day:
"Massachusetts Man Kills Self After Shooting at Former Co-Worker" on Reuters.



Patricia said...

Ah, one of the four states I've lived in. I will link to the spoof trailer of Boston Accent because it made me laugh very hard.

True story! When I lived in Somerville, my roommate, born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts argued with me that Springfield was the capital of Massachusetts. We were in the car and we had to stop at a Walmart to look at a map so I could show her where the star was.

balyien said...

I always think Springfield is the capital as well! I wonder where that comes from? I actually triple checked to make sure it's Boston because it just doesn't seem right.

That video was great! My favorite parts were the "bro" guy and the English actor who's trying really hard but can't quite get it right.