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1706 – Birth of Benjamin Franklin

1706 – Birth of Benjamin Franklin

In order to get a better picture of the time he lived in, let us mention that the people of Massachusetts were at that time still at war with the local Native American tribes.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the most prominent people responsible for the creation of the United States of America, was born on this day in 1706. Franklin had a rarely-seen breadth of interests – he was a scientist, philosopher, politician, publisher, musician and diplomat, and is considered the inventor of the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, and several other items.

Franklin was born in Milk Street in Boston. The city of Boston was at that time the capital of the English Crown colony of Massachusetts Bay. In order to get a better picture of the time he lived in, let us mention that the people of Massachusetts were at that time still at war with the local Native American tribes. The city of Boston was built on an interesting location, somewhat similar to Venice. Namely, it was built on a peninsula surrounded by the sea on almost all sides, connected to the mainland only by a narrow isthmus. The house where Franklin was born was located near the center of the mentioned peninsula.

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