“And it was from Boston that one in every six American families began their journey into the land of the free.” -Thomas Menino
Boston is the capital, and most populous city, in the state of Massachusetts. It has a population of approximately 673,000 people making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is vibrant both culturally and economically and contributes to a much larger area around it known as the Greater Boston area. Home to an estimated 4.8 million people there is always something to do and someone to see.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was originally founded in 1630 on the Shawmut Peninsula by Puritan settlers from England. Many key events from early American history took place in Boston; the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Some traditions and celebrations, such as the Patriot’s Day Parade, date back to and remember those times. These days the area is more known for higher education, great sports and the Boston Marathon.
Boston is unique geographically, and you’d have to be from there to fully understand it. Because it sits directly on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, Boston is the only state capital in the contiguous United States that has an oceanic shoreline. A common saying amongst people from the area sum up it’s geography well.
“The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.”