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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 08-28-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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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.
In 1776, the British occupied New York after Washington's defeat at the battle of Long Island. It followed hundreds of houses in New York being burned to the ground. The British military occupation of New York only lifted in 1783. Hence, population estimates for New York are usually lower than what the 'real' population would've been, due to temporary military situation. 7 years after the British left, by the first US census, New York was once again the biggest city.
There was probably a 10-15 year period when Philadelphia was bigger than New York, but NY has been the biggest city since around 1625, when it became the provincial capital.

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Old 08-29-2019, 04:27 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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In 1776, the British occupied New York after Washington's defeat at the battle of Long Island. It followed hundreds of houses in New York being burned to the ground. The British military occupation of New York only lifted in 1783. Hence, population estimates for New York are usually lower than what the 'real' population would've been, due to temporary military situation. 7 years after the British left, by the first US census, New York was once again the biggest city.
There was probably a 10-15 year period when Philadelphia was bigger than New York, but NY has been the biggest city since around 1625, when it became the provincial capital.
1625? It was under Dutch control at that point, wasn't it? And remember it became U.S. capital until 1790, and in many respects still is the unofficial capital of the U.S. and indeed the world. See New York City (should Have) Remained U.S. Capital.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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1625? It was under Dutch control at that point, wasn't it? And remember it became U.S. capital until 1790, and in many respects still is the unofficial capital of the U.S. and indeed the world. See New York City (should Have) Remained U.S. Capital.
Yes it was probably the biggest settlement at the time as well, once New Amsterdam became the capital of New Netherland, over fifty years before Philadelphia was founded. New Amsterdam actually controlled the area where Philadelphia is now, after Stuyvesant conquered it from the Swedes.

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Old Today, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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https://www.peakbagger.com/pbgeog/histmetropop.aspx

This is pretty interesting. If you scroll down it shows estimated Metropolitan Areas since 1680. I know that that takes into account more than just a city proper, but thought it would be an interesting find to share.
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Old Today, 01:44 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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I vote for my hometown, Boston and "other" being Plymouth, Massachusetts where I grew up.
Plymouth may not have been big in the Revolutionary War, battle wise but without Plymouth there would be nothing to fight for! Know what I mean?
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