A city of history and tradition, Boston offers a proud legacy of culture, education, and numerous sporting championships. The city's independent spirit has been displayed to the world ever since colonists angry over a British tax on their beloved tea dumped shiploads of it into the harbor in protest.
In the early 1600s, the peninsula in Massachusetts that would become known as Boston was controlled by Native Americans until John Smith (barber, abolitionist, and state legislator) named the area New England to attract European settlers. Boston was founded in 1630, making it one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
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