When most people think about Boston they think sports or those killer accents. Or you remember when our forefathers dumped all of that tea into a harbor. That really showed the British who was boss. That’s right—don’t you dare try to tax us.

This city’s history runs deep

But when did Beantown really become its own dignified city? The founding of Boston was an integral part of our nation’s history — so sit down, sip your tea, and let’s get to learning.

English colonists began inhabiting the Massachusetts Bay area between 1620 and 1630, but it wasn’t until 1630 that one man decided to settle in the most desirable part of this rich new land. But it would take some trial and error at first. You know, being a whole new world and what not.

One man led the way

An English Puritan named John Winthrop made landfall in Salem, Massachusetts in June of 1630. Winthrop and his fellow colonists soon left Salem behind and settled in Charlestown, but they still weren’t satisfied with the area and its natural resources.

Their main complaint? Too many mosquitoes. You can’t really blame them — those things are the pits.

It wasn’t until they came across the Shawmut peninsula, where modern-day Boston can be found, that they found exactly what they were looking for. One man named Reverend William Blackstone was literally the only English fellow to be found living there, and after some discussion, he invited Winthrop and 175 of his followers to settle there.

They named their slice of land accordingly

On September 17, 1630, all of the English colonists came to the agreement on naming their land “Boston,” after a southwestern town in England. They were free to enjoy all 780 acres to their liking.

Built between the Trimountain and the legendary Boston harbor, this city wouldn’t take long to be the talk of the colonies. Little did they know they would be constantly fighting over taxation, but they could live in peace just for that moment. Sigh.