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E/MS Unit II: Building a New Society: Life in Colonial Massachusetts Lesson A: The First English Settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
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Key Questions

1. How did the first settlers decide where to establish towns?

2. How were additional towns established?

Activity 1: Creating Big Maps Showing Early Towns
Activity 2: Multiplying Towns
Primary Sources
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