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The North End: site of America’s first revolution


We celebrate the Fourth of July as Independence Day because on that day in 1776 members of Congress signed the final version of the Declaration of Independence (though some historians argue they signed it almost a month later). The American Revolution was already underway by that time, having been sparked by events in Massachusetts, some of them right in the North End. Among these was the second of two Stamp Act riots, which took place on Aug. 26, 1775, when members of the North End and South End gangs ransacked the North End home of future Governor Thomas. Better known, ...

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