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Since its conception in the early 1600s Boston the so-called City on a Hill has opened its doors to all people of all ethnic and religious background At times there were many who fought to prevent the immigrants while other people at the same time helped those who made it to the Americas more specifically Boston to make a new life for themselves The immigrants from Ireland were not unfamiliar with this trend in American history More often than not the Irish immigrants were met with adversity from the native Bostonians Founded by the Puritans in the late 1600s Boston and its people were not completely open to immigrants at first which seemed odd considering they were once immigrants Before the American Revolution the majority of the predominately Protestant citizens of Boston were fairly inhospitable to persons of any different religious persuasionespecially the Irish who were regarded by most Anglo-Saxons as members of an inferior race Because of these sentiments many of the first immigrants from Ireland settled in the less populated areas of New Hampshire Maine and Vermont With one glance at the names of the towns they settled Dublin Belfast and Limerick to name a few you would think of their Irish counterparts in Ireland Many of the Irish who immigrated to Boston during the years before the American Revolution were part of a poor hardworking class Most could not even afford to pay their way over and came as indentured servants instead They came from all walks of life and many different backgrounds There were tailors cabinet-makers carpenters shoemakers and bricklayers as well as farmhands and laborers The one thing they all had in common was their desire to try new things their sense of adventure and the desire to make a new life for themselves in the New World Unfortunately the Irish-Catholic immigrants were not looked very-highly upon at first The Puritan citizens of Boston often looked those that actually
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