How Did Boston Earn the Nickname Beantown?

How Did Boston Earn the Nickname Beantown?

How Did Boston Earn the Nickname Beantown?

Boston is sometimes referred to as "Beantown," but the exact origins of the nickname aren't a matter of reliable historical record. There are a few different theories that seek to explain how the Beantown nickname came to be, a few of which focus on the association of baked beans with the city of Boston.

There are a few different variations on the baked-bean theme, including the fact that many people in the Boston area traded locally distilled rum for molasses, which is a common ingredient in baked beans. Tourism slogans may also be responsible, including one that apparently told would-be visitors that one doesn't "know beans" until they've made a visit to Boston.