The land, enormously compressed by the vast accumulation of glacial ice on it, has since been rebounding rising up at an extremely gradual rate.
Numerous drumlins mounds of glacial debris form low hills in the city and islands that dot the harbour. At the beginning of English settlement in the 17th century, the Shawmut Peninsula was called Trimountain or Tramount because of its dominating three-topped hill on the northwest corner near the mouth of the Charles River. Beacon Hill is its only surviving, though greatly reduced, remnant. The hilly Shawmut Peninsula, upon which Boston was settled, originally was almost completely surrounded by water.
It was connected with mainland Roxbury to the south by a narrow neck of land along the line of present-day Washington Street. To the west of the neck were great reaches of mudflats and salt marshes that were covered by water at high tide and known collectively as the Back Bay. The Charles River flowed through the Back Bay to Boston Harbor and separated the peninsula from the mainland to the north and west.
The centre of the colonial town was at the Old State House built — The North End is the only part of the early town that has remained residential since the settlement. Colonial survivals such as the Paul Revere House c.
From the first years of settlement, the shoreline constantly encroached on the harbour as wharves were built and marshy coves were filled. West of the original settlement lay Boston Common , a tract that has remained public open space since its purchase by the town in You are using an outdated browser.
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