The initial tie linking Boston, Lincolnshire, and Boston, Massachusetts was established September 7, 1630, when immigrants from Boston, Lincolnshire helped found the Massachusetts Bay Company and named their settlement on the Shawmut Peninsula after Boston, Lincolnshire.

From the founding of Boston, Massachusetts in 1630 until 1849, no documented historical ties between the two Bostons seem to have existed. During this period Boston struggled under the Dominion of New England, established independence from England in 1776 and then reaffirmed this independence in the War of 1812. Meanwhile Boston, Massachusetts transformed into a major city and cultural center and beginning 1849, Bostonians sought to re-established long-lost historical and familial ties with Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

The links that are shown under this menu document one hundred and seventy years of continuing ties between the two Bostons and are organized as follows:


COTTON’S BOSTONS is a collaborative aspirational work in progress that:

  1. promotes public awareness of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Boston in 2030,
  2. elucidates the pivotal role Boston, Lincolnshire played in founding the Mass. Bay Company and Boston USA,
  3. and explores the life of Rev. John Cotton.

COTTON’S BOSTONS welcomes content contributions from others regarding 17thcentury England, the Massachusetts Bay Company and migrants from Boston, Lincolnshire and its surrounding villages.

Inquiries, content contributions, oversights, corrections, and additions can best be submitted through this CONTACT LINK.

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