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View Poll Results: YOU CAN CHOOSE SEVERAL CHOCIES. Most important U.S. Colonial City(ies)?
Portsmouth, NH 2 5.13%
Boston, MA 26 66.67%
Providence, RI 1 2.56%
Hartford/New Haven, CT 0 0%
New York City, NY 16 41.03%
Trenton, NJ 1 2.56%
Philadelphia, PA 25 64.10%
Wilmington, DE 1 2.56%
Baltimore, MD 4 10.26%
Williamsburg, VA 7 17.95%
New Bern, NC 1 2.56%
Charleston, SC 16 41.03%
Savannah, GA 3 7.69%
OTHER (Yorktown, Jamestown, Plymouth, Newport, Lexington, Concord, Valley Forge, Charlestown, ETC.) 6 15.38%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-22-2019, 11:10 PM
 
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Okay, this is a poll and forum for posters to choose the most important of the following Colonial (English) U.S. Cities (1 representing from each colony). Your vote should be of importance from it's EARLY SETTLEMENT through to the END OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
I voted for the 4 cities stand out from the rest of your list - Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Charleston as the most important.

Some of the others and why I did not vote for them:

Baltimore - I was thinking of Baltimore as a fifth choice just behind the big 4 but she did not play a major role in the colonial era and the American Revolution, at least when compared to the 4. Her day in the sun was during the War of 1812 and the early years of the 1800s.

Williamsburg - Similar to Baltimore, I was thinking of Williamsburg as another choice but in the end I don't think she is on the same level as the big 4 (although some interesting things happened there in the 1700s).

Wilmington, Delaware - Is the historic site of early Swedish colonization in the 1600s but is fairly quite during the colonial period.

Jamestown - basically abandoned by the time of the Revolution
Yorktown - you heard of it largely because of a major battle that took place not because of its own importance.
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Old 08-23-2019, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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1776
1. Philadelphia: 40,000
2. New York City: 20,000
3. Boston: 15,000
4. Charleston: 12,000
5. Newport: 11,000

1790
1. New York City: 33,131
2. Philadelphia: 28,522
3. Boston: 18,320
4. Charleston: 16,359
5. Baltimore: 13,503
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:00 AM
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Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I was going to choose San Diego but it wasn't on the list. Then I read the full caption for this thread. Oh well.

I chose Philly
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:29 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Why did Philly shrunk by 12k in 14 years while everyone grew?
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:03 AM
 
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Tie between Boston and Philadelphia.

Close thread.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Tie between Boston and Philadelphia.

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Why close thread? If you don't want to be engaged in this post, don't post on or view it.. Simple as that. Other people may want to discuss and learn from each other about this period.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Why did Philly shrunk by 12k in 14 years while everyone grew?
1790 was the first US census. I don't know what kind of process there was for determining population prior to that, but the numbers posted for 1776 may be suspect.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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1790 was the first US census. I don't know what kind of process there was for determining population prior to that, but the numbers posted for 1776 may be suspect.

This is interesting, because I always thought Philadelphia was the biggest city until the 1790 Census was done. I know in 1793 they had a big break of yellow fever and roughly 5,000 people passed away, but that's after these census numbers... So I'm stumped.

From what I could find about the 1776 numbers I read that they were a "separate Census Bureau estimate." (Link below)
Population of the 13 Colonies 1610-1790 (chart) | YT&T: Study Hall.Rocks

The link doesn't get into city populations, but maybe that's part of it?

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Old 08-23-2019, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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yes the 1776 numbers are just estimates, and they are some numbers that I saw floating around.

These might be more accurate, but really anything before 1790 should be taken with a grain of salt.

Philadelphia
1683: 600
1731: 12,000
1790: 28,522

New York City
1698: 4,937
1712: 5,840
1723: 7,248
1737: 10,664
1746: 11,717
1756: 13,046
1771: 21,863
1790: 33,131

Manhattan
1656: 1,000
1698: 6,788
1711: 10,538
1730: 11,963
1731: 8,628
1756: 15,710
1773: 21,876
1774: 23,600
1782: 29,363
1790: 33,131

Brooklyn
1731: 2,150
1756: 2,707
1771: 3,623
1786: 3,966
1790: 4,549

Boston
1722: 10,567
1765: 15,520
1790: 18,320

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Old 08-24-2019, 01:50 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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Okay, this is a poll and forum for posters to choose the most important of the following Colonial (English) U.S. Cities (1 representing from each colony). Your vote should be of importance from it's EARLY SETTLEMENT through to the END OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
One of my choices was NYC. I have previously posted that New York City (should Have) Remained U.S. Capital.There were reasons for that.
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