Boston, Massachusetts

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Trinity Church, Boston, Mass.

Boston is the largest city and capital of Massachusetts, a state in the United States. It is the economic hub and educational center of the New England region. Boston was settled in 1630 by the English Puritans seeking freedom to practice their strict version of Protestantism. The city's fine harbor led it to become the main port of the New England colonies, and in the last quarter of the 18th century, it was a center of the movement for independence from Britain that led to the American Revolution.

Boston remained an economic center through the 19th century, both as a financial hub and as a port through which manufactured goods such as shoes and textiles were shipped. At the onset of the 20th century, the availability of cheaper labor in the Southern states led to a decline in New England manufacturing industries, and hard times for Boston as well. It continued however to be a center for advanced education, the city and its surrounding towns home to dozens of colleges and universities, allowing greater Boston to become a vital center of the technology industries that burgeoned in the last half of the 20th century.

See also

Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

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