Boston is the capital and largest city of Massachusetts, one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the unofficial “Capital of New England”.
The city is also the center of a large metropolitan area called “Greater Boston” home to 4.5 million people.
I spent three weeks there visiting my Asian girl who was there for her studies, and I have to say that it is definitely a beautiful city full of young students, a beautiful place to live.
Boston was founded in 1630 A.D. by Puritan colonists came from England.
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony are sometimes confused with the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth Colony ten years earlier.
Photo gallery: Boston City
In the 1770s, British attempts to exert tighter control over the colonies, led to the American Revolution, to the Boston Massacre, to the birth of the Boston Tea Party, and several battles including Lexington and Concord and the famous Battle of Bunker Hill during the siege of Boston.
After the Revolution, Boston became one of the wealthiest international trading ports in the world because of the city’s consolidated seafaring tradition.
In 1820, the population of Boston began to expand, and the ethnic composition of the city began to change, the Irish immigrants dominated the first wave of newcomers, later, in the second half of the century, the city has seen a growing number of Germans, Lebanese, Syrians, French Canadians, Russians and Polish Jews.
Until the early 1900s, Boston remained one of the largest industrial and commercial centers of the nation. A network of small rivers bordering the city and connecting to the surrounding region made easy shipment of goods and it has led to a proliferation of mills and factories.
Boston flourished culturally and became famous for its rich literary and artistic patronage.
It also became a center of the abolitionist movement.
Since 1970 the city’s economy exploded and after 30 years of economic downturn Boston is today the largest city in the Northeast (after New York).
The renowned schools attract students in the area. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the city became a center of intellectual, technological and political. The costs of living have risen, and Boston has the distinction of the highest costs of living in the United States.
The city was the site of the first public school and the first subway system in the United States.