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Where to find the tree where America took root

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he elm tree beneath which Boston’s Sons of Liberty met to protest British colonial taxation on August 14, 1765 in the first show of defiance against the king of England was unceremoniously cut down by occupying Redcoats in 1775 and used for firewood because of its symbolic value. But the little-known site where the Liberty Tree stood is marked by a bas relief made by ship carvers in 1850 and hung on the building that stands on the site today.

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There’s also a tiny park at the site of the Liberty Tree, and a plaque with the inscription (and the incorrect date) “Sons of Liberty, 1766; Independence of the Country, 1776.”

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