Origin of Charlestownafter Charles I of England: see Charles
oldest part of Boston, at the mouth of the Charles River: site of the battle of Bunker Hill
A former city of eastern Massachusetts, the oldest part of present-day Boston. It was settled c. 1629. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought here at Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775.
- He was promoted to commodore in 1898, to rear-admiral on the 3rd of March 1899, and was made commandant of the Boston (Charlestown) Navy Yard in October of the same year.
- Around the peninsula are spanned by causeways and bridges, East Boston only, that the harbours may be open to the navyyard at Charlestown, being reached by ferry (1870), and by the electric subway under the harbour.
- At the Charlestown navy-yard (1800) there are docks, manufactories, foundries, machine-shops, ordnance stores, rope-walks, furnaces, castingpits, timber sheds, ordnance-parks, ship-houses, &c. The famous frigate " Independence " was launched here in 1814, the more famous " Constitution " having been launched while the yard was still private in 1797.
- The first bridge over the Charles, to Charlestown, was opened in 1786.
- In 1855 a number of For several years it was uncertain whether Cambridge, Charlestown or Boston should be the capital of the colony, but in 1632 the General Court agreed " by general consent, that Boston is the fittest place for public meetings of any place in the Bay."