Day 9 – We the People

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

A good way to remember the preamble is taught by school house rock.

This is the preamble to the American Constitution, developed after the revolutionary war and many events which were born in Boston.

We walked some of the Freedom Trail today, which links 16 of Boston’s most historic sites related to the revolutionary war. The trail is a fantastic link to some of the most important moments in Us history.

The start of the trail is at the Boston Commons, now a lovely public park inhabit item by squirrels, was crowded with red coats during the British occupation of Boston in 1775.

Next stop was the new Massachusetts State House, designed in1798 is still the Capitol Building for the state. A statue of Mary Dyer who was hung due to religious intolerance at the time.

We also stopped at the Granary Burying Ground which includes the graves of Franklin, Sam Adams and Mother Goose

The Kings Chapel and burying grounds one of the oldest burying places in America and includes graves of people who came to America on the Mayflower.

The Old South Meeting House was the location were many Boston residents met to discuss their dissatisfaction with the British taxes and Samuel Adams spoke the words

Gentleman, this meeting can do nothing more to save the country

, which was the signal to the Sons of Liberty to commence the destruction of 342 crates of tea, known as the Boston Tea Party. The site was also used by many to promote free speech, such as women’s rights activist Margaret Sangar.

The Old State House is know a museum which has tours and exhibits relating to the revolution. This is also the site of the Boston Massacre, in which 5 people were killed by British redcoats. It is interesting to note that John Adams was the defence lawyer for the soldiers involved in the incident and the bulk of the soldiers were found into guilty of murder. The exact facts surrounding this incident are still contentious.

Paul Revere who was immortalised in the poem by Longfellow had a house in Boston which has been a museum for over 100 years and portrays life as it would have been.

Fun fact: Boston has solar powered bins which are also compactors.

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