Colonial Boston was a huge shipping port for England, and became one of the hotspots of the Revolutionary War. Antique maps like this net some big bucks.



  • Fact 1: The city of Boston (then called Trimountaine) was founded on September 17, 1630, by English Puritans colonizing the Shawmut Peninsula, now part of Massachusetts.
  • Fact 2: With the founding of the public Boston Lation School in 1635, Boston began its reputation as a center of learning. Today, the city houses over 100 colleges and universities.
  • Fact 3: At the time this map was published, Boston had a population of around 12,000. Today, the Boston area holds 4.5 million people.
  • Fact 4: Much of modern Boston was built on reclaimed land; The three large hills dominating this map were leveled in the 19th century, and their soil used to fill in the surrounding water.
  • Fact 5: As the commercial seat of the Colonies' dealings with England, Boston became the epicenter of the American Revolution on March 5, 1770 with the Boston Massacre.

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