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New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford, Massachusetts, is situated in the South Coast region on the Acushnet River. It was initially bought by English settlers from the Wampanoag Native Americans in 1652, and a colonial settlement established by English Quakers was later developed into the city. The town was officially incorporated in 1787.

New Bedford, Massachusetts
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New Bedford, Massachusetts Facts

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    Culture

    New Bedford had a Class B level professional Baseball team called The New Bedford Whalers from 1895 to 1915.

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    Points of interest

    New Bedford is the home of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the centerpiece of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

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    Transportation

    New Bedford also serves as the southern terminus of MA Route 140, which is a freeway that connects to MA Route 24 in Taunton on the road north to Boston.

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    Government

    New Bedford is represented in the state legislature by officials elected from the following districts: The Third Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, located nearby in Dartmouth, patrol New Bedford.

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    Geography

    New Bedford Harbor, a body of water shared with Fairhaven, is actually the estuary of the Acushnet River where it empties into Buzzards Bay.

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    Geography

    New Bedford is a coastal city, a seaport, bordered on the west by Dartmouth, on the north by Freetown, on the east by Acushnet and Fairhaven, and on the south by Buzzards Bay.

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    Economy

    The early Bedford Village quickly became a commercial zone and from there became a major whaling and foreign trade port.

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    Economy

    The relationship between New Bedford and Nantucket allowed the two cities to dominate the whaling industry.

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