Until the year 1619, the land that is today the eastern half of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was part of a great Algonquian tribal federation called the Massachuset. The Massachuset tribes were Eastern Woodland people and their ancestors occupied these lands for more than 12,000 years.
Sadly, little is known about the Massachuset Federation or its people. First contact with Europeans devastated their population with disease, war, internment, starvation, and slavery. Severe oppression forced their language and customs underground and eventually into extinction.
One thing we do know is that the Massachuset were a courageous and resilient people.