Foundations of America

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Mattapan MA

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Mattapan is a city in Boston Massachusetts.  It became a part of Boston when Dorchester was annexed in 1870.   The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600's.  Mattapan is the original Native American name for the Dorchester area and is known as “a good place to sit” or “a good place to be”.   Since the time of the Mattahunt tribe occupying Mattapan, there have been a variety of immigrants moving into the city.  A diverse population of Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants has settled in Mattapan in large numbers. Today Mattapan's population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean.  

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  A Native American figure holding a fish represents the Mattahunt tribe, which inhabited the area 400 years ago.

  

 

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