Although Boston is smaller than some of the other American cities, it still remains as one of America’s most historical (and interesting cities). Dating back to the 1630s, the city had a major influence on the forming and founding of the United States as we know it. If you haven’t had the chance to read up on some of the city’s history, look no further! We’ve gathered 10 fun facts and tidbits you can easily learn during your free time or before your next trip to the city. Enjoy!
- The city was named after a town in England with the same name
- It remained the largest town in British America until Philadelphia outgrew it in the 1700s
- The famous Boston Tea Party took place in 1733 after the British government passed the Tea Act – and it was one of the key events leading up to the American Revolution
- The Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest tunnel in the U.S. – it’s 90 feet underground!
- From 1659 to 1681, the city outlawed celebrating Christmas
- The Boston Common park is one of the oldest parks in America – it dates back to the 1630s
- Fenway Park is the oldest and smallest professional baseball park in the U.S.
- Paul Revere worked as a silversmith in the city
- Boston built the first subway system in the U.S.
- The Boston Tea Party is reenacted every year on December 16th (it originally took place on December 16, 1773)
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.