The neighborhood now known as South Boston was a remote Peninsula connected to the it was founded in 1630 as part Dorchester and most the land was used for farming then the parts of people settled in the area now referred to as Southie and named the area Mattapan bu they later died from diseases cause from the European traders in 1600s the first group of Europeans to settle here
were Puritans who renamed the place Dorchester after a town in England.
South Boston even had a role during the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783 used a strategic location of Southie to defeat the British on March 17 1776 in 1901 this became known as Evacuation Day a work holiday that celebrated in Suffolk County to commemorate the end of the siege on Boston which was an 11 month ordeal that ended with British troops and ships retreating to Canada never to fire a shot in Boston again this day all also happens to coincide with Saint Patty’s Day a reminder to all Bostonians of the struggles of an
immigrant population that was faced with blatant discrimination upon immigration from the old country in an opportunity to celebrate Irish heritage;
in 1804 Southie was annexed into Boston and quickly became the industrial heart of the city at the creation of the0 railroad South Boston became known for its boundaries machine shops and finer men the Irish immigrants came to America to escape poverty in the potato famine 1845 they inhabit the poorest sections of South Boston and came here for economic reasons the men could work in the
burgeoning industries of the area or on the nearby docks the women could make the short ship over the four point channel to clean office building
In the late 1800s the Irish worked their way up through society to achieve high positions in business and politics the residents held to elect Irish politicians who challenged the political dominance a partisan elite On January 13 1914 James Michael Curley was elected to
his first term as mayor of Boston and Curlies lengthy political career spending 50 years in and out of elective office he would run for mayor 10 times and be successful in four of those contests in 1947 during his last mayoral term he was convicted for a second time
on federal charges of official misconduct and he spent five months in jail he was a prominent Irish politician within South Boston who set a precedent for other Irish Catholic politicians to follow most of the Irish officials use their influence to create jobs and

direct resources to the neighborhood.




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