Here a country was born
Docked near Congress Street bridge is the Boston Tea Party Ship, a replica of the merchant vessel that was the stage for a rebellion in 1773 — the famous “Tea Party” that would later lead to the independence of the United States of America. This is just a small example of how the city's history is present on its streets, through many monuments and locations that evoke the past and express the local identity. On Boston Common and at King's Chapel we see signs of the presence of the first settlers that arrived here during the 17th Century. The old building of the Boston Latin School — the United States' first public school — is proof of Boston's enduring intimate relationship with education, science and knowledge. Right at the city centre, amidst crowded streets and modern skyscrapers, we find one of the country's most important historical buildings: the Old State House, a former courthouse where the independence of the United States was proclaimed in 1776. All of these places are part of the Freedom Trail — an official walking tour through the places and monuments that tell us the history of this city.