Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts, one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the unofficial “Capital of New England”.
Boston is also the center of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people.
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Boston was founded on A.D. 1630, by Puritan colonists from England.
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony are sometimes confused with the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth Colony ten years earlier in what is today Bristol County, Plymouth County, and Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
In the 1770s, British attempts to exert more stringent control on the colonies that led to the American Revolution. The Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and several early battles including the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. After the Revolution, Boston had become one of the world’s wealthiest international trading ports because of the city’s consolidated seafaring tradition.
In the 1820s, Boston’s population began to swell, and the city’s ethnic composition changed. Irish immigrants dominated the first wave of newcomers during this period, in the latter half of the century, the city saw increasing numbers of Irish, Germans, Lebanese, Syrians, French Canadians, Russian and Polish Jews.
Until the early 1900s, Boston remained one of the nation’s largest manufacturing centers. A network of small rivers bordering the city and connecting it to the surrounding region made for easy shipment of goods and led to a proliferation of mills and factories.
Boston flourished culturally and it became renowned for its literary culture and lavish artistic patronage.
It also became a center of the abolitionist movement.
By the 1970s, the city’s economy boomed after 30 years of economic downturn. Boston now has the second largest skyline in the Northeast (after New York). Schools attract students to the area. In the early 21st century, the city has become an intellectual, technological, and political center.
Living expenses have risen, and Boston has one of the highest costs of living in the United States.
The city was the first public school and the first subway system in the United States.
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