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This Day in Boston History

June 29th, 1914

Cape Cod Canal

On this day, the Cape Cod Canal first connected Buzzard's
Bay with Cape Cod Bay. Originally conceived in 1623 by Myles Standish, the first attempt at constructing a canal began in 1880. Five hundred laborers with shovels and wheelbarrows began constriction but ran out of funding.

August Belmont and his "Boston, Cape Cod and New York Canal Company" was granted a charter to build and operate the canal. Though they succeeded in opening it, the original canal was failed financially.

After 11 years of negotiations, the Federal Government purchased the unprofitable Canal and has since operated it as a toll-free waterway. The Canal is 17.5 miles long, and at 540 feet, it is the widest sea level canal in the world.


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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