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Massachusetts

The state with the capital Boston is one of the six states of the so called New England on the Atlantic northeast coast of the USA. According to the latest research, European seafarers already entered the American mainland here around the year 1000 AD. Thus, the "discovery" of America already took place 500 years before Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), who only reached the island Guanahani in 1492. It is considered as secured that this happened at the place of the today's city Boston, namely by the Icelander Leif Eriksson. He found numerous wild vines in the woods with huge grapes hanging from the trees - he called the area "Vinland". With the famous "Mayflower", 102 Puritan pilgrim fathers landed after a journey of 66 days on 11 November 1620 at the easternmost point of the USA, Cape Cod, and founded the colony "New-Plymouth" seven days later. They soon tried to make wine from the wild vines. This was unsuccessful, however, because the varieties of the species Vitis labrusca growing here had the strong foxton, which was unpleasant for Europeans. In 1849, near the town of Concord, the farmer Ephraim Wales Bull (1806-1895) selected the famous red grape variety from wild vine seeds, which he named after the town. It is still one of the most successful American vines today.

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