The Brit List: The 10 Most British Towns in America

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston’s harbor, home to the original Tea Party. (Photo: Corbis/AP)

The first historical fact that most people think of when Boston is mentioned is the tea party, faithfully re-enacted every day for tourists.

But, although it was the British East India Company’s tea crop that was thrown in the harbor, the target of the protest was the British government’s tax on the import.

Boston’s British connection goes right back to its origins in 1630, when Puritan colonists founded the city on the Shawmut Peninsula and named it after Boston in Lincolnshire. The 19th century center of the city has a very British feel to it.

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William Kay

Bill Kay was a London business journalist until he emigrated to Pasadena, ten miles north of Los Angeles, from where he writes a financial advice column for the London Sunday Times. He was City Editor of The Times and the Mail on Sunday and has written a dozen books, including a Pasadena murder-mystery novel, as well as dipping into screenwriting and stand-up comedy. He attended Westminster City School and The Queen's College, Oxford, and still manages to follow Chelsea Football Club. He has two adult sons, Andrew and Ben - and two grandchildren, Jackson and Indiana - all in London.

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