Adopted by the Massachusetts legislature in 1775 and reaffirmed by Governor John Hancock in 1780. The state coat of arms reads the Latin Sigillum Reipublicæ Massachusettensis or Seal of the Republic of Massachusetts. The seal depcits an Algonquian Native American with bow & arrow. The arrow, pointed downward to signify peace. A blue ribbon, outlining the shield, bearing our state motto By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty. Click here for a history of Massachusetts State Seals.
Population: 6.646 million
Nickname: The Bay State
State Marine Mammal: Right Whale
State Flower: Mayflower
State Fish: Cod
State Beverage: Cranberry Juice