Excerpt from Boston: A Commercial Metropolis in 1850: Her Growth, Population, Wealth and Prospects; As Originally Published in Hunt's Merchants' Magazine for November, 1850
A Peninsula less than one square mile in extent was soon found insufficient for Boston; and the State annexed to her Dorchester Point, a Peninsula containing six hundred acres. To this she is wedded by four bridges. At a later period, ferries were established to Noddles Island, an area of six hun dred acres, and this island now forms a ward of the city. Some hundred acres have also been reclaimed from the sea but these narrow limits, less than two miles square, prove entirely inadequate, and have long been exceeded.
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