U.S. History | Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony
13th December 1636: The Massachusetts Bay Colony organises a formal militia
The Massachusetts Bay Colony Founded in 1629
Massachusetts Bay Colony
The Massachusetts Bay Colony (1628–1691) was an English settlement on the east coast of North America in the 17th century around the Massachusetts Bay, the northernmost of the several colonies later reorganized as the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The lands of the settlement were located in southern New England in what is now Massachusetts, with initial settlements situated on two natural harbors and surrounding land, about 15.4 miles (24.8 km) apart—the areas around the present-day cities of Salem and Boston.