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"Overboard she goes, my boys,
ho where darkling waters roar;
Since colonial days, Boston has
port of much excitement. But Boston's initial fame and place of honor
American history all came down to a party - a tea party. Outraged
furious about Britain’s taxes, disguised themselves as local Indians
destroyed a shipment of tea belonging to the British East India
"The Ballad of the Tea Party" was one of many songs that glorified what
may have been Americans' first rebellious act toward tyranny. There are
words in the song that refer to the rebels as "the Sons of Freedom" who
"love (their) cup of tea full well, but … love ... freedom
The raid on the English ship in
Harbor was a hard choice for Americans to make. First, they were
the strong mother country of England. Second, they were giving up the
to partner a hot cup of the King's tea with the sweet molasses taste of
Boston's famous brown bread.
Paul Revere was one of the Sons
who stole aboard ship at the tea party in 1773. Revere again influenced
history with his 1775 ride to Concord and then to Boston, warning that
the Redcoats were coming. In her song, "Boston Beans," Peggy Lee
us that "Paul Revere rode his horse one night; he lit a lantern
the big fight." Peggy sings, “He must have been hungry when he
back. Boston beans must have been a beautiful snack!”
Peggy may stretch the imagination
with the thought of Paul Revere eating Boston beans. Still, the blend
old and new is familiar to the colonial city. Boston, capital of the
of Massachusetts, is often categorized as the historical, educational,
and industrial center of New England.
From history to high-tech, it's
Banking, investment management, textile, printing, and metal
are just a few of the business and industrial opportunities that the
offers. Then you add in the food and wine markets, and you're still
beginning! Peggy was right to sing about Boston beans, as well as
of fish, Chinese food …steaks and chops." And don't forget lobsters,
and clam chowder. Boston is home to the Union Oyster House, the oldest
restaurant in the country. Exotic Chinese food can be found in Boston’s
Chinatown, the third largest Asian neighborhood in America.
From marinas to museums, the quaint atmosphere of times gone by is often sensed. Artists work from lofts high above the hubbub of the street while visitors tour the Boston Tea Party Ship. But it’s not all history of the past. Boston is making its own new history every day! Modern buildings like the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower stand as symbols of a city on the move. While an authentically clad colonist may greet passers-by in the downtown historic area, Bostonians also look to their city for continuing transition.
Traditionally, Boston brown bread batter has been prepared, poured into cans, and placed in deep kettles with enough water for the steaming process. But today, modern science has given us the crock-pot. This recipe calls for one 2-pound coffee can, emptied, washed, and dried. Grease and flour the can.
Then assemble the
Mix dry ingredients. Add molasses and buttermilk. Beat well. Add nuts and raisins, if desired. Pour into the greased and floured can.
Pour 2 cups water into crock-pot. Set can inside crock-pot. Place aluminum foil over top and fold down around edge of cooker. Cover and bake on high for 4 ½ hours. Remove and let cool 1 hour before unmolding. Slice and serve with cream cheese. Goes well with ham or turkey, and also barbecue. Of course, Boston Brown Bread is wonderful by itself, and – as you might expect – tastes best with a cup of hot tea.
Boston Baked Beans
Pretend you are Paul Revere’s wife (did he have one?) and get busy making a pot of beans that will be ready for Paul after a hard day of riding.
Place beans in large sauce pan and cover with water. Heat to boiling; then boil two minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand one hour. Add more water to cover beans once more. Simmer uncovered 45 minutes. Be sure to keep on low heat. Boiling will cause beans to burst. Drain beans, reserving one cup of the liquid.
Preheat oven to
Fry bacon and remove from pan. Drain. Cook onions in bacon fat until
Remove and drain. Add brown sugar, molasses, mustard, pepper, and
powder. Simmer 20 minutes. Fold in beans, bacon, and onions and
bean liquid. Place all in casserole dish.
December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place.
John Hancock – Chairman of the Boston Town Committee and president of the first and second provincial congresses.
Samuel Adams – chaired leadership of the Massachusetts Patriots.
Benjamin Franklin – Was in England for the Tea Party but came back in 1775 when he heard that the colonies and Great Britain were about to go to war.
James Cook - This English sailing ship Captain circumnavigated the globe twice exploring the Pacific Ocean. He was killed in 1779 by coastal natives during his search for the Northwest Passage from the Pacific side.
James Watt His childhood fascination of the nature and properties of steam led to improving existing steam Engines (1778) for future use in locomotives, steamboats and factories. What a bright man. (60 Watt bulb bright to be exact - a posthumous dedication) Also, Watt coined the term "horsepower," which he used to convey the power of his engines; Watt calculated how many horses it would take to do the work of each engine.
Alexander Cumming patented a flushing device in 1775 that was improved upon by Samuel Prosser (1777) and Joseph Bramah (1778). The water closet (W.C.) has never been the same since.
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