Boston Massachusetts, United States
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Given the long history of Boston, there are a variety of adjectives that can be used to describe this city, all touching upon points that are really the essence of this unique city. Pilgrims, universities, Thanksgiving, witch hunts, Kerouak, the Industrial Revolution, the telephone, the subway, the atomic bomb, lobster, the good life, Cheers. All these seemingly unconnected words are part of the multi-faceted history of this excellent city called Boston.
Boston is the biggest city in New England and is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1630, it was also one of the first cities founded in the United States by the first Puritan colonists that arrived to escape from the religious persecution in England. It is considered one of the best cities to live in as well as one of the most important cities in the United States.
This is a city full of class, style and an excellent standard of living. If you walk around the streets, parks, cafes and reunion centers of Boston, you will notice the wealth and good taste of its inhabitants. The architecture merges different styles such as Baroque, Neo-Renaissance and neoclassic, which is reflected in the emblematic modernity of Bostonian skyscrapers and the beauty of the green areas. Boston is a great place to eat as well, famous for its clam chowder, lobster and seafood. Here you will find a great number of well-known restaurants, offering all kinds of international dishes and delicacies.
It's also known as the "Athens of America" or "Modern Athens" because of the numerous cultural institutions and universities established in Boston and the surrounding areas. Some of the most famous are institutions such as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, the Art Institute of Boston, the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
A Brief History
Boston has played an important role in American history. Many books, essays, documents and even novels have been written about its cultural and sociological evolution. The first inhabitants of these lands were the Algonquian, a nomadic Native American tribe which occupied a vast extension of territory, covering the northeastern area of the United States and Canada. They would build small villages in places with easy access for gathering food, hunting and fishing. They also had a rudimentary agricultural system so when the resources would run out, they just would move to another place.
The first colonists that arrived from Europe settled in the region that is now known as New England. They were Puritans escaping from the religious persecution in the 17th century, due to a break with the Catholic Church and the opposition to the Anglican Church, which was allied with the English Monarchy. The Puritans celebrated the first harvest with the Wampanoag Native Americans, giving rise to the most emblematic holiday in the United States: Thanksgiving Day.
Boston is a city that has been marked with a long series of pioneering events that have changed the course of history. This was the city where the abolitionist movement started, where the first public school was built and where the first U.S. university was founded (Harvard University). Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call here and the first e-mail was sent from here in 1991. MIT was where the laser ray and the atomic bomb were invented and the first subway in the country had its first run here.
Present Day Boston
The city of Boston is located in an area known as Greater Boston (which stretches as far as Rhode Island) and has over 4.5 million inhabitants, making it the tenth most populated area in the United States. Greater Boston covers seven counties as well as a part of Rhode Island. The city of Boston, however, is known as the "City of Neighborhoods" because of the 21 official districts it has.
There are also a number of renowned universities that have made the city of Boston a leader in technology. Ongoing research in these prestigious institutions has made many advances in areas such as science, economy, technology and even in financial aspects.
Boston is one of the most visited cities in the United States and considering what this fantastic city has to offer, it's not hard to see why. Architecture, culture, performing and visual arts, museums and music venues can be found. Added to this fact are the academic institutions that have been around since the birth of this nation. It is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the country and has been considered very "European" by visitors, for its class, style and wonderful atmosphere.
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