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The Importance of Boston
By Tanja K.
Boston is the Massachusetts state capital located in the north-eastern part of the USA on the Atlantic coast only 300 km form New York. Founded in 1630, this city is one of the oldest American settlements that played an important role in the continent development. The city got an official name “the Cradle of Revolution” as in the 18 century it took part in the fight against the English supremacy. For instance, any schoolchild can tell you the story of Boston Tea Party that took place in 1773 when 50 Boston citizens dressed in Indian clothes got to the Ost-Indian ships to throw hundreds of tea boxes into the sea. This was the protest against fiscal policy and trade constraints. This was as well the first act of civil disobedience after which the War For Independence started. By the way, the state's motto is “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty."
The first American Anti-Slavery Society appeared in Boston in 1832 which helped the runaway slaves get to Canada with the help of Secret Houses system and trans-shipment points. That is why any Boston street or old house can tell you a lot about the past times.
At the same time, main Boston attractions are associated with the USA War for Independence. Most of them are concentrated at the Boston National Historical Park and almost all of them are connected with the Freedom Trail, which is now the tourist's route.
Lots of wonderful parks projected under common plan as well as museums of international importance can be found here - Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and more. The main symbol of the city is the gilded teapot for more than 900 liters – the signboard for one of the coffee shops in the city centre.
Nowadays this is the city of calm style and. at the same time, the academic capital of America. Fro instance, in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded here, 1869 was the year for foundation of the Boston University and in 1898 Northeast University appeared here. By the way, students can be called a real Boston attraction as there are 70 colleges and universities found in the city's suburbs that accept about 250000 students – the highest American figure. As a result, the average Boston citizen is not older than 27 years old. All over the state you can meet students with bright bags and huge exercise books, which makes the place look exceptionally democratic and hospitable.
Boston is often associated with such words as aristocracy, education, wealth, refinement and snobbery, the very vivid example of which is the Kennedy family.
Here 19-century brick house can stand opposite the 69-storeyed skyscraper. It is the eclectic city with over 3 million population including the suburbs, and one of the USA financial centers. However, drive thirty minutes away from the city and nothing will remind you of its proximity: there, the farms with cranberries, bin and marrow plantations as well as small towns and yellow beaches are located.