by Ed the Jetpacking Headbanger on October 21st, 2009

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How did Boston get the nickname of "Beantown"?

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  • by Tom 47 is back in his bear COAT on October 21st, 2009

    Tom 47 is back in his bear COAT

    Never heard of 'Boston Baked Beans"? Beans were one of the first staples grown by early settlers in Massachusetts. And early Boston and Nantucket sailors were fed a staple of beans in their rations. Never had baked beans and bacon for breakfast? Neither had I till I went in the service. But, many Bostonians and other "yankees" had never had grits before, either...(lol)

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  • by L. Taylor on October 21st, 2009

    L. Taylor

    Boston was part of the triangular trade, in which "slaves in the Caribbean grew sugar cane to be shipped to Boston to be made into rum to be sent to West Africa to buy more slaves to send to the West Indies." Confusing, isn't it? Because of this trade, the area was chock-full of molasses, and beans baked in the gooey syrup became very popular in Boston, thereby earning the city the nickname "Beantown".

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  • by RosieGHM Jetpacker on October 21st, 2009

    RosieGHM Jetpacker

    When I lived in Massachusetts years ago our typical Saturday night supper was brown bread and Boston baked beans. It was standard Saturday night fare in many homes. I suppose that has something to do with it! :)

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  • by Don Gorgeous George on October 21st, 2009

    Don Gorgeous George

    I'm not sure of the details, but I'm sure it has to do with the well known Boston Baked beans.

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  • by Doyler - You Have Got to be Kidding me ! on October 21st, 2009

    Doyler - You Have Got to be Kidding me !

    they used to make beans there, didnt they!?

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