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Massachusetts Bay Colony Seal, 1629

From the Collection of Alan Taylor

Massachusetts Seal: In 1629, King Charles I granted a charter to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which included the authority to make and use a seal. It featured an Indian holding an arrow pointed down in a gesture of peace, and the unlikely words "Come over and help us," emphasizing the missionary and commercial intentions of the original colonists.


  • Colonies
  • Native Americans


  • North America

California Standard(s):

  • 5.3 - The cooperation and conflict among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers
  • 7.11 - political and economic change in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries (the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason)

National Standard(s):

  • World Era 6 - The Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770


Image and text: Secretary of the Commonwealth, One Ashburton Pl, Rm 1611, Boston, MA 02108-1512.

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