Fanueil Hall is one of Boston's many buildings done in a British style. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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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By William Kay