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How To Make an Election Cake

Election Cake featured in the Puritan celebration of Election Day, one of the important colonial holidays along with Commencement Day and Training Day. (The Puritans had no use for saints days, which they viewed as Papist abominations, and they even ...

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The Six Oldest Synagogues in New England

The oldest synagogues in New England were built well after the first Jewish settlers arrived. Touro Synagogue, the only surviving synagogue from the Colonial era, was consecrated in 1763, nearly a century after the first Sephardic Jews arrived in Newport, ...

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Six Canals That Built New England

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In 1803, one of the first New England canals made Boston the undisputed commercial center of New England. Called ‘the Incredible Ditch,’ the Middlesex Canal allowed a barge to haul 30 tons of goods back and forth between Chelmsford (now ...

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