This is the last set of pictures from my visit to Boston, the Capital and largest city of the State of Massachusetts, transformed from a relatively small and economically stagnant town of 10,000 people in 1720’s to the megapolis with population of 645,000 people in 2010’s. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the United States of America.
*** Just FYI, An Gorta Mor or The Great Hunger, as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately one million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases and a million more emigrated from Ireland. In 1847 alone, 37,000 Irish refugees landed in Boston, on the edge of death and despair, impoverished and sick. The Irish Famine Memorial in Snug park along the Freedom Trail is commemorating the Irish Potato Famine and triumph of those immigrants who came to Boston. Today, people of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, making up 20% of the population.
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