Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Community Spawned by Education

The City of Boston located in the state of Massachusetts contains a lot of history in the birth of the United States of America. Established by puritans, Boston is home to many of history’s most notable moments including the Boston massacre and the Boston tea party. Later on the city expanded it borders out onto the Shawmut peninsula where the city became a major port for trade between new America and the rest of the known world. Of all the thirteen colonies Boston held the most control in deciding what was best for the colonies interests, financial interests and political interest. After the revolutionary war Boston became a huge international port in the world, and most families in Boston developed a growing view of the world culturally and economically. This in turn relate directly to the federal style, noted in the Nicole’s Museum and even more indefinitely in the hand crafted furniture developed within the household. Most families of Boston were interested in showing off their worldly assets and becoming renowned for their expeditions worldwide. This community eventually began to drive education out of a private level and into the public level by developing the nation’s first public school known as the Boston Latin School. In addition to this, Boston also established America’s first college known today as Harvard.

Between 1700’s and 1800’s Boston began to fill in marshes and swamplands to expand the cities center. The current state-house in Boston is located atop a small beacon hill that overlooks the waterfront. Eventually other school and institutions began to form in Boston during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Other schools such as MIT, Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University were built in the Boston area to attract other students. The High-tech movement was a result of Boston’s growth and funding through education. Companies such as Millipore, Genzyme, and Biogen Idec spawned from the ever-growing student population and money coming to students working in biotechnology.

Comparison: Washington, DC has a rich history very similar to Boston, however the layout and design of the city itself lends it to be lead on by a pure style, whereas Boston was created in the federal style. The Urban planning of the cities are also different, in that Boston’s water front played a large role in the economy and eventually lead Boston to become a strong international port unlike that of Washington DC which encompasses the national buildings essential to our nation’s history. Both cities maintain a lively history about them and maintain important implications about of countries history. Similarly both cities were constructed on waterfronts, and had to fill in many marshes to expand the cities borders.

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