Boston Common is the oldest public park in Boston. Many fine homes including John Hancock’s and James Otis’ bordered the Common. A plaque stands on the west side of the New State House at the location of Hancock’s residence. Boston Common was the scene of a great celebration upon the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. When the British Redcoats invaded and occupied the town from 1768-70 and again in 1774-76, Boston Common was used as a camp for several regiments. Today, the Public Gardens border the Common on the west-side, although this was water during the 1700s before the Back Bay was filled with land. On the night of April 18, 1775, 700 Redcoats departed from their encampment on Boston Common into boats and crossed the water en route to Lexington. The first shots of the American Revolution were fired the next morning.  

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