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Renowned for its excellence in higher education and rooted in the history of American independence, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and also its largest city. Originally founded by Puritans in 1630 as the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the Shawmut Peninsula, it was also originally called "Trimountain" for its proximity to three hills. It was later renamed after a city in Lincolnshire, England. Boston is known as the cradle of the American Revolution and was the site of the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and the first major battle of the revolution known as the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.

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The city of Boston is known for its historical landmarks and rich culture, and many districts boast some of the most well-preserved historical buildings in the U.S. Visitors can follow the 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail to Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, the Old State House, and many more points of interest along the way. There are many galleries, museums, and fine arts and music venues, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Children's Museum. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the place for sports fans to catch a baseball game with the city's beloved Red Sox. Boston's most famous citizens have included Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, Edgar Allan Poe, and Susan B. Anthony.

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Boston is the center of banking and insurance for Massachusetts and modern highrises stand juxtaposed amongst historical buildings that are centuries old. The downtown area is modern and completely walkable and the public schools are nationally recognized. Boston is also home to Harvard University, founded in 1636 as the first institution of higher learning in North America, and the largest number of highly ranked universities in the country including Boston University, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts. The city is easily reached by rail, bus or airplane to Logan International Airport. A well-laid out system of subways, buses, trolleys, boats, and commuter trains provide transportation within city limits.

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The center of Boston, Massachusetts is located at about 42.35 degrees North (latitude) and 71.08 degrees West (longitude). The city occupies approximately 48.4 square miles in land area; according to the 2010 census, Boston's population was 617,594.

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