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The Hub’s Archipelago: The Connected Histories of Boston and Its Harbor Islands



The Boston Harbor Islands are today natural-looking places. Established as a national park in 1996, they seemingly form the perfect opposite to the urban environment of Boston. However, a closer look at the history of Spectacle Island, a representative example of the islands’ historical development, reveals close ties between the islands and the city. Over centuries, Boston has shaped and transformed its harbor islands, embedding them firmly within its urban fabric.