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Boston Virtual Field Trip

An Exploration of this Revolutionary City

In the 18th century, Boston was one of the most important cities in the British-American colonies. It was known for its bustling port, numerous printshops, political ideals, and lively taverns. In the 1760s and 70s, Boston took on a new role of revolutionary host. Boston is the birthplace of the American War for Independence and will be not just a key city in the Revolution strategically, but also symbolically.

Lace-up your shoes, grab your cup of tea, and don your tricorn hat as we take you virtually to Boston. Climb aboard Old Ironsides-the USS Constitution-and fire a broadside. Stroll through Buckman Tavern as you await the arrival of Paul Revere. Have a tea party of your own in Boston Harbor. Visit the site of the "shot heard 'round the world." Dive into a lobster roll at one of America's oldest eateries. Join us in Boston for a virtual tour of this revolutionary city!

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