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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, March 10, 2009
Dorchester's largest territory
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 Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1016

Dorchester was a large town in 1630. In addition in 1637 all the undivided and unallotted land extending from the Blue Hills to the Plymouth Colony line was given to the town of Dorchester. This contained over 40,000 acres and was commonly called the land ?beyond the Blue Hills,? and later as the ?New Grant.? It included the town of Canton, Stoughton, Sharon, Foxboro and a part of Wrentham, running to within one hundred and sixty rods of the Rhode Island line.

The history of Dorchester?s boundaries varied over the years.

1635 Thompson?s Island added to Dorchester

1637 New Grant of 40,000 acres stretching nearly to Rhode Island line

1641 Squantums Neck annexed

1648 Thompson?s Island becomes privately owned but still part of Dorchester

1659 1000 acres granted to Dorchester

1662 Milton established as a town and set off from Dorchester

1726 Stoughton est. (Walpole, Norton, Wrentham, Foxborough, Sharon, Canton, Avon, part of Bridgewater came out of Stoughton)

1739 part of Dedham annexed

1792 Squantum annexed to Quincy

1804 Dorchester Neck (later known as South Boston) annexed to Boston

1831 part of Dedham annexed

1834 Thompson?s Island set off and annexed to Boston

1855 Washington Village (later known as Andrew Square) annexed to Boston

1868 part included in new town of Hyde Park

1869 vote to annex Dorchester to Boston

1870, Jan. 3 annexation to Boston took effect


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Created: March 10, 2009   Modified: March 17, 2009