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Paradoxically, tradition and innovation have coexisted peacefully from the very beginning of New England when the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay aboard the Mayflower.



New England was founded by the Pilgrims, men and women who escaped the strictures of Reformation Europe to experiment with new religious and societal ideas.

They built a new way of life on this continent, but they included in it the things they loved best about the old countries they left behind.

But let's start at the beginning, long before any people were here at all: in Pre-historic times.

(If you want to go back even farther, see New England Geology).

Or here's a quick Timeline from 9000 BC to 1970 AD.

Many of American's most prominent and influential people were famous New Englanders.

Also see the fascinating New England Facts and Firsts.

New England Pre-History

The Explorers

The Pilgrims

Colonial New England

The Boston Tea Party

Battle of Lexington

Battle of Concord

Battle of Bunker Hill

Declaration of Independence

Early America

The Industrial Revolution

New England in the 20th Century

Timeline of New England History

New England Facts and Firsts

New England Geology

New England Flora & Fauna

New England History

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Mayflower II, Plymouth MA

Mayflower II, a replica of the Pilgrims' vessel, moored in Plymouth MA.

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