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Adams was highly involved in the push for separation from Britain and the writing of the Constitution of Massachusetts in 1780 which, in the Elizabeth Freeman and Quock Walker cases, effectively made Massachusetts the first state to have a constitution that declared universal rights and, as interpreted by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice William Cushing, abolished slavery.David Mc Cullough points out that an equally important feature was its placing for the first time the courts as a co-equal branch separate from the executive.Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned as privateers and are credited with capturing or destroying about 600 British ships.was an important figure in both the struggle for independence as well as the formation of the new United States.
The Massachusetts Bay Colony was named after the indigenous population, the Massachusett, likely derived from a Wôpanâak word muswach8sut, segmented as mus(ây) "big" wach8 "mountain" -s "diminutive" -ut "locative" (the '8' in these words refers to the 'oo' sound according to the Wôpanâak orthographic chart).
The Pennsylvania Gradual Abolition Act of 1780 made Pennsylvania the first state to abolish slavery by statute.) Later, Adams was active in early American foreign affairs and succeeded Washington as the second United States President.
His son John Quincy Adams, also from Massachusetts, would go on to become the sixth United States President.
The state is named for the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the area.
The capital of Massachusetts and the most populous city in New England is Boston.
This was the second successful permanent English colony in the part of North America that later became the United States, after the Jamestown Colony.