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In 1630, the General Court, meeting in Boston, perceived a gap in the defenses of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony “…and therefore chose a place situate on Charles River, between Charles Towne and Water Towne, where they erected a town called New Town, now named
Cambridge...” 1,2
1Coll. Mass. Hist. Soc., xiii. 136. Cited in Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877. H. O. Houghton and Company (Boston:1877), p. 7.
2Not everybody in Harvard Square today would be gratified to know that its location was chosen with reference to that of those particular neighbors, but that’s how it was. Snooty Weston would also like to forget, perhaps, that it started out as Watertown Farms…

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