Who founded Massachusetts?
Algonquian Indians were the first settlers in the region of Massachusetts. The first English explorer in Massachusetts was Bartholomew Gosnold, who visited the area in 1602. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. In 1629, King Charles I of Great Britain granted a charter to the Puritans to establish an English colony in Massachusetts Bay.
John Winthrop founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 because of relgious reasons. Founded in 1630, was funded by the Massachusetts Bay Company. Settlers proposed to establish a sizable settlement in the infertile Massachusetts area. The settlers were non-separatist, and wanted to escape the church of England's impurities Governed by John Winthrop.