Worcester

The land enclosed by the legal entity of “Worcester” is a 38.5 square mile area in the center of the State of Massachusetts. 206,000 people live here, making it the second most populated city in New England.  

It was first inhabited by the Nipmuc, an Algonquin-speaking tribe who lived in inland portions of New England. The Indigenous people named the area Quinsigamond, which means “Pickerel Fishing Place.” 

In 1675, Metacomet’s “King Philip’s” War broke out throughout New England with the Nipmuc coming to the aid of Nipmuc leader Metacomet “King Philip.” The English settlers completely abandoned the Quinsigamond area and the empty buildings were burned by Indigenous resistance forces. The town was again abandoned during Queen Anne’s War in 1702. Finally in 1713, Worcester was permanently resettled for a third and final time by Jonas Rice. Named after the city of Worcester, England, the town was incorporated on June 14, 1722.

Metacomet’s “King Philip’s” War erupted in New England in 1675, with the Nipmuc rushing to the aid of Metacomet. As a result, the English settlers abandoned Quinsigamond altogether, and the abandoned houses were set on fire by Indigenous resistance groups. During Queen Anne’s War in 1702, the town was again abandoned by the settlers. Settler Jonas Rice resettled Worcester for the third time in 1713. Unlike the previous, short-lived settler attempts, Jonas Rice’ settlement has lasted over 300 years. The current occupation was formalized on  June 14, 1722 and was named after the English city of Worcester.

We are conscious of the past that molds our thinking, inspires our ideals, and directs our behavior. It enables us to recognize that the rising rates of poverty, the percentage of working poor, racial inequality, the rent burden, and job instability (gig economy) can only be eliminated through deliberate planning and action.