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he site of one of the most pivotal moments in American history is not only off the beaten trail—it offers one of the best unknown views of Boston and the surrounding harbor. That’s because there’s a 115-foot-high monument on the top of Dorchester Heights commemorating the incredibly sneaky way George Washington got the occupying British to evacuate the city by secretly surrounding them with 59 cannon dragged 300 miles by oxen from Fort Ticonderoga, New York, on the night of March 4, 1776. When they awoke to find the cannon pointing down at them, the Brits withdrew. Climb the 93 steps for an amazing vantage point of the city and the harbor islands. Vitale
At the time of the Revolutionary War, what is now called South Boston was known as Dorchester Neck.
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