9 Hidden Locations in Massachusetts

nix's mate

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5) Nix’s Mate

This now tiny island was not always as it is today. Initially it was a pasture, and later began a place where convicted pirates were hanged. As the story goes, it was cursed by a pirate who was hanged there. Although convicted, he insisted upon his innocence until his execution. Just before he died, he claimed that the islands would be washed away as proof of his innocence and by the late 1800’s, the cliffs which once surrounded the island were gone. Other stories claim that the captain murdered his first mate and buried him on the island, and we’ll probably never know which is true, if either. Whether either of the stories are true or not, the view out to Nix’s Mate from Boston Harbour is lovely, plus you get to soak up some the atmosphere of this historical American site.

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