W hat is the land like in Massachusetts? Who are the people who live here? How do they use the land to make a living? These questions have to do with geography. Geography is the study of the earth and the people, animals, and plants living on it. It is the study of where places are located and how they are connected to each other. The land has a lot to do with history and how people have lived here. It has to do with the foods people grew, the clothes they wore, and the kinds of homes they built. Geography is an important part of our story. A Place Called New England . Captain John Smith was an explorer long ago. He was from England. As a young man, he had seen many places. He helped to settle Virginia. Later, he
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