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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and home to over 680,000 people. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States.
Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers coming over from England. The city played a key role during the American Revolution. You've probably heard of the Boston Tea Party. This event took place here on December 16, 1773. Other important events that took place during this time included the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston.
The easiest way to explore Boston's history is to follow the Freedom Trail. This "trail" will wind you through the streets of Boston, taking you past several historical sites, including Paul Revere's house, the Old State House, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution.
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Granary Burying Ground
The Granary Burying Ground is the 3rd oldest cemetery in Boston. Established in 1660, there are over 2300 grave markers and about 5000 people buried here including John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams.
Old North Church
Old North Church is in the North End section of Boston. It is where the famous signal known as “One if by land, two if by sea” was carried out during the American Revolutionary War. Old North Church is the oldest standing church still in Boston today, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also Boston’s most visited historic site.
Old South Meeting House
The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729. It was used as a church and meeting point by the people of Boston. Its large size made it an ideal location for the massive public protests that took place from 1768 to 1775. There, Patriots and Loyalist would argue and debate the rules and regulations passed by the British Parliament.
The congregation had many famous members including Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American female poet, Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and Benjamin Franklin when he was a little boy.
Old State House
The Old State House in Boston, is where the Declaration of Independence was read, on July 18th of 1776, to happy crowds of people from the eastern balcony. The Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston, and today is a museum for people can go and visit to learn more about Boston’s history during the American Revolutionary War.
Park Street Church
The Park Street Church was built many years after the American Revolution in 1809. Over 200 years later, it is still an active congregation.
The Park Street Church was built in a style inspired by Christopher Wren. Its steeple is 217 feet tall, making it the tallest building in Boston until 1867 and the tallest in the United States until 1828.
In 1829, William Lloyd Garrison gave his anti slavery address from here. In 1831, Sunday school children performed America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) for the first time.
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Battle of Bunker Hill is one of the most famous battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place in June of 1775, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Although the British won the Battle of Bunker Hill, they had more casualties than the Americans, giving the Continental Army a confidence boost. General George Washington took over the command of the Continental Army two weeks later and brought with him enough cannon and heavy guns to drive the British out of Boston in March of 1776.
The Boston Tea Party
On December 16, 1773, a group of 116 men, led by the Sons of Liberty, went down to Boston Harbor where the 3 East India Company ships were docked and dumped their cargo into the water. British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts as punishment. Instead of complying with the new laws, the Constitutional Congress was created to protest them. A few months later, in April 1775, the American Revolution would begin.
Today, you can visit the museum and relive this time in history.
The Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House was the home of silversmith and Patriot Paul Revere. The house was built in 1680 and is the oldest house in downtown Boston.
Paul Revere is an American Patriot who was a member of the secretive group known as the Sons of Liberty. He is most well-known for his Midnight Ride on horseback just before the battles of Lexington and Concord at the start of the American Revolutionary War.
Today, you can walk through his home and see what life was like in Boston in the 1700's. Learn more about Paul Revere, his family, and his importance in the colonists' fight for independence.
The USS Constitution is a wooden navy ship that is located today in Charlestown, Massachusetts. It was originally launched in 1797 and was named by George Washington after the American Constitution. She was one of six ships that had been paid for by the American Government to help fight against pirates. The USS Constitution was built in Boston and the metal bolts and copper pieces were made by Paul Revere.
Today, the USS Constitution is the oldest warship on the water. It has been floating in the Charlestown Naval Harbor in Boston since 1934 and thousands of people go to visit her each year.