Atlas of Boston History

Section I - The Setting


Plate 1 - The Boston Basin, before 5,000 BP

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Plate 3 - Europeans Arrive in Massachusetts Bay, 1500s-1630

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Section II - Making New England's Metropolis


Plate 4 - Boston Is Founded, 1630-1640

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Section III - A Provincial City in the British Empire


Plate 11 - Revolutionary Boston 1763-1776

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Section IV - From Town to City Government


Plate 12 - Boston's Economy, 1776-1807

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Plate 13 - Boston in 1800

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Section V - "Athens of America"


Plate 16 - Railroad Development, 1830-1855

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Plate 20 - Abolitionist Movement, 1829-1865

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Section VI - Immigration and Industrialization


Plate 22 - Boston in 1855: Population

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Plate 25 - Great Fire of 1872

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Section VII - Metropolitan Boston


Plate 27 - Annexation Movement, 1868-1873

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Plate 28 - Streetcar Suburbs, 1870-1900

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Section VIII - Boston in the late 1800s/early 1900s


Plate 32 - Boston's Economy, 1905

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Plate 34 - Scollay Square, 1880s-1963

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Section IX - Decline


Plate 43 - Boston in 1950

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Section X - "The New Boston"


Plate 44 - Addition of Land, 1880-2003

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Plate 45 - Highways and Airport, 1920-1973

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Section XI - Present Boston


Plate 54 - Present Boston: A Major Medical Center

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Plate 55 - Present Boston: A Modern Commercial Center

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Plate 56 - Present Boston: A Visitor and Tourist Destination

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