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This Day in Boston History

July 23rd

Keeping the Bay State's Waters Safe

On this day in 1791 the forerunner of the US Coast Guard was born in Newburyport, where ten "revenue cutters" were constructed to intercept smugglers. Though it has since merged with other agencies to form the Coast Guard, this forerunner is the world's oldest continuous seagoing service.

Also on this day in 1715 the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill to establish Boston Light, which is today the oldest working lighthouse in America.

And finally, on this day in 1827 the nation's first swimming school commenced in Boston.


 


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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