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Although the documentation is incomplete, about 1,700 letters of marque, issued on a per-voyage basis, were granted during the American Revolution.
Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned as privateers and are credited with capturing or destroying about 600 British ships.
In 1636, Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and Hutchinson joined him there several years later. Among those who objected to this later in the century were the English Quaker preachers Alice and Thomas Curwen, who were publicly flogged and imprisoned in Boston in 1676.
In 1641, Massachusetts expanded inland significantly, acquiring the Connecticut River Valley settlement of Springfield, which had recently disputed with, and defected from its original administrators, the Connecticut Colony.
Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v.
Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The event known as the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World which lasted for three days.
Massachusetts was a center of the movement for independence from Great Britain; colonists in Massachusetts had long uneasy relations with the British monarchy, including open rebellion under the Dominion of New England in the 1680s.
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.
(The Constitution of Vermont, adopted in 1777, represented the first partial ban on slavery.
His first victory was the Siege of Boston in the winter of 1775–76, after which the British were forced to evacuate the city.
On the coast, Salem became a center for privateering.