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The hall itself was built by artist John Smilbert and funded in part by profits made from the African slave trade. Construction started in 1740, and ended in 1742 when it first opened up to the public. Some of Boston's earliest slave auctions took place at this location and it was also the location of numerous gatherings by future rebel leaders in the years leading up to the American Revolution, this building remains one of the most significant sites related to colonial history. For example, in 1764 this building was the site of a protest against the Sugar Act
In 1960, Faneuil Hall was registered as a National Historic Landmark and was restored in 1992. Today it still operates as a marketplace as part of a much bigger complex known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes three long granite buildings: North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market. The complex itself is an indoor/outdoor mall and a food eatery. Here one can shop, get a bite to eat and even get a feel of what life was like in Boston during the 18th Century.
SourcesFaneuil Hall. National Park Service. Accessed June 22, 2017. http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/fh.htm.
Boston, Massachusetts 2109
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