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This Day in Boston History

December 11th, 1856

The Filling of the Back Bay Begins


On this day the Commissioners of Boston Harbor and the Back Bay approved the filling of this tidal flat to create an exclusive new neighborhood.

For the next thirty six years the filling of the Back Bay would build and use an elaborate system to transport fill dirt from Needham Heights. This effort alone more than doubled the land mass of the peninsula the city was founded on.

Interactive map of the filling of Boston's bays and flats.


 


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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