Boston Created By Alysse Potter

Location

View of Boston

Boston, the state capital of Massachusetts, can be found on a peninsula near the Charles River. This city is the largest not only in Massachusetts, but in the entire New England region. Boston has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. The average summer temperature is a comfortable 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the average winter temperature being 29 degrees Fahrenheit.

Culture

Downtown Crossing in Boston

During the 19th and early 20th century, Italian and Irish immigrants were very common in Boston. Today, Boston has a population of approximately 668,000 people, with 55% of those being white, and 25% African American. This city is famous for its music because of its widely known Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is also known for its delicious New England style dishes, which often include large amounts of seafood and dairy.

HISTORY

Downtown Boston in the 19th Century

Although Boston is famous for its music and cuisines, it is mostly known for its history. Boston is one of our country's oldest cities, and when walking down the streets, it isn't hard to imagine what the city looked like years ago. Boston was founded by the Puritans, who traveled from England, in 1630. From that day, Boston experienced many important historical events including the Boston Massacre, which occurred on March 5, 1770, when a group of British soldiers killed five citizens and injured others. Boston is also known for the famous Boston tea party that took place in 1773 when the Sons of Liberty dumped an entire shipload of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Tourist Attractions

Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Freedom Trail

Boston is home to many historical tourist attractions that will keep you very busy. Boat tours are available in the city, which let you view and tour things such as Fort Warren, or the Boston skyline. There are also many attractions within the city including the Freedom Trail, which passes by 16 historical sites in Boston. These historical sites consist of places such as the famous Paul Revere home, and Old North Church where the "One if by land, two if by sea" signal was sent.

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

The Boston skyline reveals some of the tallest buildings within the city. The John Hancock Tower is the tallest building in Boston, and very easy to spot while viewing the skyline. The 60 story tower reaches a soaring 790 feet tall. Other buildings on the skyline include the Prudential tower, the Millennium tower, and One International Place.

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