While to those outside the United States, Yankee is slang for anyone in the United States; to those in the USA, Yankees are New Englanders.
New England was the point of arrival and first settlement for many of colonial English settlers that landed upon the shores of the “new world.” In fact, of course the land was as old as Europe and like Europe, the land has been heavily populated by Native Americans. But that was to change.
Nowadays, Americans visit New England as one of the birthplaces of the Country. As a result, New England holds a great deal of pride and cultural significance as a people. The first English governor and assembly in New England issued the Mayflower Compact which promised co-operation among the settlers.
New England has maintained remnants of the colonial settlements that the first English settlers occupied, enabling tourists to file by and observe the conditions endured by people seeking their new life in America.
Town of Salem, Massachusetts, that’s the location for the infamous Salem Witch Trials that took place in 1692, has taken its sordid past and turned it into a tourism industry that draws thousands each year. The witch trials marked a peak in colonial religious puritanical paranoia. The “trials” resulted in the execution of almost 20 people accused of being in cahoots with the devil, although it is highly improbable that any of the defendants were really involved in any form of witchcraft.
Salem has taken the historical accusations and adopted them as a tongue-in-cheek badge of honour. The Salem police vehicles are adorned with the shape of a witch on a broomstick. Though it may seem a rather sardonic take on a tragic event, Salem has adopted the macabre and turned into the gorgeous historic city to some yearlong Halloween celebration. There are haunted houses, costume stores, Wiccan themed shops, and ghost tours throughout town. You can also find many bars, restaurants, and cozy coffee shops lining the road in Salem.
Boston, Massachusetts, besides being a hub of American culture, creativity, and academia, has plenty of historical buildings, museums, and landmarks preserving and chronicling the progression from those bare settlements of the early 1600’s to liberty in 1776. An individual can easily walk the winding streets of Boston imagining they’re together with the buckle-shoed revolutionaries who forged the most cherished and exalted cornerstones of American tradition.
But do not be mistaken, the present day is also very much alive and kicking in New England.
It is a culmination of cultures and areas that were brought to Boston by immigrants from throughout the world. Still, Boston, along with the rest of New England, keeps a very characteristic identity and culture all its own.
New England clam chowder overflows from a lot of clay pot. The magnificent coastlines peppered with candlepin lighthouses should be sufficient to draw the curious traveller. A warning to prospective travellers to Boston, try to maintain any dissenting views about the Patriots and the Red Sox to yourself. It is for your own good.
Massachusetts Coastal Towns
Along the coast, you’ll find the charm and character of fishing villages lining the briny beaches of Massachusetts. Cape Cod is a keen summertime destination for those trying to get out on the open water, or lie luxuriously on the shore.
You will find Cape Ann another welcoming destination along the Massachusetts coastline. Like Cape Cod, it’s a beautiful and interesting culmination of fishing village, art colonies, sea vistas, and fish restaurants.
This yearly celebration includes a carnival, a rowboat race, and the conventional and highly comical greasy pole climbing competition. The rod is coated with dirt and dozens of men compete individually to recover the coveted flag on peak of the pole. Locals and tourists alike position themselves along the shore or in boats in the harbor to watch the mayhem unfold. Even though you’re in Gloucester taking in the sea air, make sure you try out a plate of longneck clams, or “steamers”, with broth and butter dips.
North of Massachusetts you will find the quaint and beautiful state of Vermont. It has the least populated capital city of all the states, and is the only state in the union without a single construction above 150 feet. Though Vermont is landlocked, it shares the large capillary Lake Champlain with New York to the west and Canada to the north.
Vermont houses the lush and deciduous Green Mountains. When in Vermont make certain to keep a watch for new maple syrup, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and locally-brewed beers.
Another state to surround yourself with natural beauty, it’s densely populated and the least populated state in New England. Maine has lived on its agricultural heritage, in addition to its fishing and small manufacturing industries. Maine has dramatic and craggy coastline and is very famous for its legendary lobsters.
New Hampshire has its share of winter activities and also brags a breathtaking coastline. Known as “the Granite State,” New Hampshire has numerous quarries and stone formations to add to its majestic landscape.
Rhode Island is geographically the smallest state in the United States but because of its high population density it’s not the least populated. The state is well known for the production of silverware and fine jewelry.
In Connecticut you will find a large offshoot of the New York metro area, however you will also find it has its own New England charm. Connecticut takes pride in its historical heritage and has painstakingly preserved many of its historic traditions, buildings, and landmarks. Make certain to take in some of the gorgeous villages of Connecticut before you catch the train into New York City.
Birthplace of the Nation
New England is a land of beautiful autumn colours, vibrant colonial communities, plentiful seafood, handsome beaches and magnificent vistas, vast tracts of forest, a temperate climate, and a list of craft-brewed beers. New England is a unique blend of the beauty of nature with an expanse of colonial architecture. A driving force in forging a separate American culture, this section of the United States maintains a unique pride.