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Boston History, Massachusetts

 On the 17th of September 1630, Boston was established by English Puritan colonists.  The Puritans are confused sometimes with Pilgrims, who established Plymouth 10 years before in what we know as Barnstable County, Plymouth County, and Bristol county in Massachusetts.  Both of the groups are distinct in history, but differ in their religious practices.  The colonies of the groups weren't collaborated until the Province of Massachusetts Bay was formed in 1691.

 The mainland and the Shawmut peninsula were connected by an isthmus and were surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay's and the Back Bay's waters.  The peninsula was inhabited as soon as 5,000 BC, according to archaeological excavations of many prehistoric Native American sites in the city.  The early settlers from Europe to Boston first named the area Trimountaine; however, it was later changed to Boston, after Boston of Lincolnshire in England, which is where many of the colonists emigrated from.  The ethics of the Puritans molded the well-structured and stable society of Boston.  Not long after the settlement of the city, the Puritans established the first public school of America in 1635, called Boston Latin School, as well as the first college in America in 1636, called Harvard College.  Until the middle of the 1700s, Boston was the biggest town of British North America.

 Following the Revolution, the city became one of the wealthiest trading ports in the world because of the consolidated seafaring tradition of the city.  The descendants of the old Boston families were regarded as the cultural and social elites of the nation during this time, and they were later known as the Boston Brahmins.  Boston was considered a city in 1822.  Manufacturing became a significant part of the economy in Boston and by the middle of the 1800s, industrial manufacturing took over the economic importance of international trade.  Boston maintained its status as one of the biggest manufacturing centers in the nation until the early part of the 1900s, and the city was noted for its leather goods and garment production industries.

 By the beginning to the middle of the 20th century, Boston began to decline as its factories became obsolete and old, and businesses began to move out of the area in search of cheaper labor somewhere else.  Boston responded with a variety of urban renewal projects with the Boston Redevelopment Authority as the leader.  In 1958, the Boston Redevelopment Authority initiated a project for improving the historic neighborhood of the West End.  Around the 1970s, the economy of the city boomed with the building of hospitals leading the nation with medical patient care and innovation.

 
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