Look back to a time when riots raged through the streets of Boston
, when Beacon Hill was a neighborhood of beggars and vagabonds and papal effigies burned on the Boston Common
. Meet William Blackstone, the first Bostonian, and John Singleton Copley, portrait artist of the elite. In this compilation by historian William Marchione, discover Boston as it once was--when customs officials were dragged through the sewers and drinking tea
was a highly political act.
Boston was founded by Puritans soon after their arrival at Massachusetts Bay and is the largest city in New England. In protest against the tax on tea imposed by parliament, Boston patriots stormed a ship at night in Boston harbor in 1773 and threw the tea overboard.