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In the early 17th century, brave settlers from England braved the perilous Atlantic Ocean to establish the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Led by John Winthrop, they sought refuge from religious persecution and founded the settlement on the Shawmut Peninsula, which they named Boston, after the town in Lincolnshire, England.
As the 18th century dawned, Boston emerged as a crucible of American resistance against British colonial rule. The Boston Massacre of 1770 and the Boston Tea Party of 1773 were sparks igniting the American Revolution, where iconic figures like Paul Revere and Samuel Adams rallied the colonists.
The city played a central role in the War of Independence, culminating in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. Following the American Revolution, Boston underwent a period of rapid growth and innovation. It became a hub for education with the establishment of Harvard University and MIT, a maritime powerhouse, and a center for culture.
The 20th century brought further transformation, with Boston becoming a global leader in education, healthcare, and technology. Today, Boston stands as a vibrant, diverse metropolis, a testament to its indomitable spirit and storied past.
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Boston African American National Historic Site
The Boston African American National Historic Site, in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts's Beacon Hill neighborhood, interprets 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. These include the 1806 African Meeting House, the oldest standing black church in the United States.
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
The Boston Tea Party is a pivotal historical site that beckons visitors due to its important role in shaping American history. This iconic event, which unfolded on December 16, 1773, marked a significant turning point in the lead-up to the American Revolution.
Visiting this historic location allows you to step back in time and witness where a group of colonists, protesting against British taxation without representation, famously boarded British ships and dumped crates of tea into Boston Harbor. It's a chance to walk in the footsteps of those who dared to defy authority and played a crucial role in shaping the United States as we know it today.
The Boston Tea Party site offers a tangible connection to the past, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone eager to learn about the roots of American independence.
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.
John F Kennedy
I was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1917 and graduated from Harvard University not far from here. A year after graduating, I joined the Naval Reserves and commanded PT boats during World War II. I earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for my services. When the war ended I became a politician representing the 11th congressional district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming elected to the U.S. Senate in 1953. In 1960, at the age of 43, I became the second youngest person to be elected as President of the United States.
Before becoming well known for my midnight ride, I was a silversmith in Boston. I was the third of twelve kids in my family. At the age of 13, I left school to become an apprentice to my father. The silversmith trade helped me to meet many important people and gave me the connections I would need when I became active in the American Revolution.
I was born in Boston in 1706. I grew up here working as a printing apprentice for my brother before running off to Philadelphia at age 17 to seek a new start. Growing up in the printing industry helped me to appreciate free speech. I always believed that "without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech." Later, I would get involved in politics and would go on to serve in the Continental Congress and as the Ambassador to France. I am the only person to have signed The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain, and the Constitution of the United States. It gave me great pride to see and be part of this new nation built on liberty and justice for all.