Boston and the American Revolution
The American Revolution is the most important events in establishing the United States of America. Since establishing colonies in the new world, the territory that is now known as the United States was under British rule. At first the colonists came to the new territory to claim the new area for Britain and for certain freedoms. In the early 1600s the area now known as Massachusetts began to be settled, and Boston was founded by English Puritans in 1630.
During the early days of settlement, Boston became one of the main seaports in the new territory. It was the main area in the Massachusetts colony and became the capital of the colony. The settlement continued to grow and in the 1700s was a focal point in the talk for independence. Boston established the first school in the colonies, had the first newspaper in the colonies and the first college was established, which eventually became known as Harvard.
However, during the 1700s tensions began to grow between the colonists and the British. The British government began to implement taxes to make life more difficult for the colonists and to get them to follow the laws that were established. This did not sit well with the colonists and stirred talk of independence among all thirteen colonies and led to the Continental Congress meeting to make plans to break away from Britain. Eventually, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and a new country was formed.
The Boston area was also a prime area for activity leading up the American Revolution as well as during the war. Events such as the Boston Tea Party, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, Battles of Lexington and Concord, Battle of Bunker Hill and others were important events during this period, when high-rise buildings were replaced by colonial era structures. This makes Boston a must see place for history buffs or people wanting to learn more about the events and places leading to the break away from Britain. The Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and the many century old buildings are all within walking distance on what is known as the Freedom Trail.
To learn more about the history of Boston and the American Revolution, check out these resources:
- The History of Boston
- Boston History
- How Did Boston Get Its Name?
- Boston's Revolutionary War
- Massachusetts in the American Revolution
- American Revolution Facts for Kids
- American Revolution Worksheets and Facts for Kids
- A Short History of Boston
- National Archives at Boston
- Massachusetts and the American Revolution
- The Boston Patriots
- The Freedom Trail
- Heart of the Freedom Trail
- Following the Freedom Trail
- Online History Resources
- Boston History
- Boston Tea Party Facts
- Boston Tea Party Information
- The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
- Paul Revere's Ride Poem
- The Battle of Bunker Hill
- Battle of Bunker Hill Information
- First Battles of the War: Lexington and Concord