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"I hoarded my money for months to save for a time when I could take you and leave the Bride and your father forever. Take you someplace nice. Hispaniola, maybe. Or Boston. Or Newfoundland."
Laura Smith to Arabella Smith[src]

Boston was a port city on the east coast of North America and the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.


Boston was founded in 1630 by English Puritans fleeing religious persecution. On 29 March 1630 a fleet of 11 ships carrying 700 people sailed from England to Massachusetts. At first the people settled at Charleston, which had been founded the year before. However fresh water was short so most of the new settlers moved across the river to a peninsula called Trimountaine. In 1630 the new settlement was named Boston after Boston in England from which many of the settlers came.

The new settlement flourished. In 1631 the first ship built in America was launched from Boston and soon the shipbuilding industry thrived. There was also a flourishing whaling industry and a fishing industry.

In 1676 the first coffeehouse opened in Boston. In it merchants and professional men could meet and chat over a cup of coffee. By then Boston was a flourishing town with a population of about 4,000.

The rise in population happened despite outbreaks of smallpox. This dread disease killed many people each time it struck. Even if you survived you could be left blind or disfigured by pockmarks. There were epidemics of smallpox in Boston in 1640, 1660, 1677-1680 and in 1690.

In the early 18th century, Boston continued to grow. That was despite outbreak of smallpox in 1702 and in 1721. By 1730 Boston had a population of over 13,000.

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