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Boston National Historical Park Essay

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Have you ever wondered why Boston National Historical Park is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Boston? There are many historical attractions within the park.Most of the Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown.Faneuil HallIn early 18th-century Boston a number of merchant families amassed great wealth through shipping and trade. Codfish, caught off the coast, were dried, salted, and traded in the West Indies for molasses and rum. These products were, in turn, exchanged in Europe ...view middle of the document...

It was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building's balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. The Royal Governor presided here until the new State House was built on Beacon Hill in 1798. In the 18th century the first floor of the Old State House was used as a Merchant's Exchange, while the basement was rented by John Hancock as warehouse space. Here in February 1761 James Otis argued against the Writs of Assistance, the British Crown's policy of issuing general search warrants that specified neither charges nor individuals. He lost his case but inspired events that would lead to Revolution fifteen years later. Representatives Hall, at the opposite end of the building, was the meeting place of the Massachusetts Assembly. The central area of the second floor was the meeting place of the Massachusetts Assembly, one of the most independent of the colonial legislatures.Paul Revere HouseLocated at North Square, this building was built around 1680. It is the oldest wooden building still standing in Boston. Paul Revere lived here from 1770 to 1800. While living here he performed the patriotic acts he was famous for such as the Boston Tea Party and his Midnight ride to warn the Lexington and Concord residents of the approaching British Redcoats. The house is owned by the Paul Revere Memorial Association.U.S.S. Constitution MuseumThe USS Constitution Museum brings to life the stories of the individuals who authorized, built, served on and preserved USS Constitution. Through hands-on exhibits, displays of historic artifacts, computer simulated re-enactments, and public programming, the Museum strives to make a personal connection to our American past and the heritage of USS Constitution. The USS Constitution Museum brings her tale alive through its collection of 3,000 original artifacts and art work and through hands-on activities. You can watch artisans at work demonstrating many of the crafts of the 19th century. You can even try your hand at the delicate art of model shipbuilding. You can even visit Old Ironsides' lower decks (off limits to the general public) in a 10.minute full.color video presentation. Admission to the Museum is free to all.Charleston Navy YardThe Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton's or Morton's Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. Established in 1800, Charlestown Navy Yard served the fleet with distinction--especially proving its worth in each of the nation's wars--until its closing in 1974. The men and women of its workforce built more than 200 warships, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young, and maintained and repaired thousands more.The National Park Service now maintains an important part of the ship yard, and USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young...

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