This week’s historical photo was submitted by Life on the Corner columnist Nicholas Dello Russo! The illustration from the New York Public Library shows how pivotal Boston, and specifically the North End, was in Revolutionary days — note the heavily armed war ships in the Harbor. King George must have been worried!

Courtesy of the New York Public Library

Some historians believe the American Revolution was first planned in the taverns of the North End. The Bunch of Grapes, the Salutation Inn and the Green Dragon were hotbeds of rebel intrigue.

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  1. An appropriante picture given we will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the occupation of Boston in 2018. Paul Revere published this drawing in 1768 to protest the landing of British troops. Modern replicas of this famous print are available at The Printing Office of Edes and Gill at the Old North Church and Historic Site.

  2. That’s very cool. Amazing to see illustrations from the early days of America. Do you think the founding fathers would have imagined the US being the superpower that it is today from their bar stools at the Green Dragon?

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