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.
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