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The area which became the Town of Concord was originally known as "Musketaquid", situated at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers. In 1635, group British settlers led by Reverend Peter Bulkley and Simon Willard negotiated a deal with local native tribes to purchase the six-square miles which formed the basis of the new town of Concord.

The famous “shot heard around the world”, marking the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, took place in the heart of Concord at the famous North Bridge and remains a distinct connection to the nation’s past. The site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first clash of British and American forces, can be visited and explored by residents and visitors alike. Concord’s remarkably rich literary history is centered around acclaimed nineteenth century writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. Accordingly, Concord was dubbed “the biggest little place in America” by nineteenth century literary realism icon Henry James. 

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