The 1630 landscape of the "Great Bay' literally shifted beneath
people's feet, making it murky, wild territory that few colonist ventured
into--except to hunt the wild creatures that inhabited it.
As an infrastructure, it bolstered the city's conceptual understanding
of itself--as a reciprocal to the developing city, amking distinct
that it was a 'cultured' entity and not the savage territory that
the British accused it of being.