Why is Boston called "Beantown"?

I read the column, but I don’t get it. It answered why a town in New England would be called “Beantown”, but why specifically Boston?

Can someone enlighten me?

Boston baked beans. A local delicacy.

ETA: I just realized I wasn’t in GQ. There’s a column?

See also John Collins Bossidy’s toast:

“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Also link to the column http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1778/why-is-boston-called-beantown

Because Boston was the commercial center of New England, a stop on the Triangle trade, and therefore had a plentiful supply of molasses with which to make Boston Baked Beans.

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Duplicate post.

Boston even had a Great Molasses Flood in 1919. Which disproves the old adage about molasses being slow in January.

In my family, I always heard it thus:

Here’s to the city of Boston,
Home of the bean and the cod,
Where the streets are notably narrow,
And the minds not very broad.

Thanks everyone!

As a result of the request by Harry H. Kabotchnik to change his name to Cabot, and the resulting lawsuits by offended blue blood Cabots, the poem was updated:

And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells have no one to talk to
Since the Cabots speak Yiddish, by God.

For the last line, how about “And the minds not overly broad.” (I think it scans better).

I don’t know if this is the right thread for this. But it involves Boston Baked Beans (alluded to already, here).

Can any baked beans (made in the USA, of course), qualify as Boston Baked Beans? Or does that require a special recipe?

A while back, I was interested in finding the recipe (I was a foodie, before the term was even coined;)). But all I could find was this recipe in an old cooking magazine. It basically called for taking baked beans, and adding stuff to it, like catsup and spices. I finally concluded any American baked beans would do. Was I right?

BTW, I already knew for some time that Boston was called Beantown because of Boston Baked Beans. Where have the rest of you been all this time:)?

But, that changes the meaning: “not very broad” more or less equals “narrow”, while “not overly broad” could mean “narrow”, but could also mean “appropriately broad”, or “as broad as needs be”.

Boston style baked beans are sweetened with molasses (or maple syrup) and made with salt port (or similar) and stewed for 6+ hours. Other styles of beans use other ingredients (mustard, tomatoes, ground beef).

You started with… canned baked beans?

To make authentic Boston baked beans, you usually start with dry navy beans and soak them at least overnight to soften them. Then you cook them with molasses, pork or bacon, and other spices. This looks like a decent recipe. Each New England family recipe is likely to be slightly different.

Who calls it beantown? I lived in Boston for a few years, nobody in the city calls it that.

Uh oh … something smells like the end of the Spring salmon run here.

1] Systems on a spinning sphere tend to form counter-clockwise patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern; and the bigger the system, the more this tendency is apparent. In the atmosphere-as-a-fluid, we really don’t have any barriers to the free motions of the air. Mountains ranges are fairly far and few and in general the air can go up and over or flow around. Oceans-as-a-fluid aren’t so lucky, the barriers to the free flow are hard and fast, water can’t simple flow up and over land masses like the air can. Besides spinning the wrong direction, surface ocean circulation is partially determined by the frictional force applied by the shorelines. The oceans are “in a container”, whereas the atmosphere is not.

2] From NOAA’s set of articles about the oceans, we have from the sub-page “Ocean Circulations”:

In the tropics, the prevailing Trade Winds blow from the East, propelling our sailboat to the West. The ocean current helps some but the causes are the same, the wind. In the temperate regions, the prevailing Westerlies drive our boat to the East along with the current. The wind can just rise a little and flow over the land. The ocean can’t and must flow somewhere, basically directed by the shorelines involved.

C] Do we want to ascribe “Coriolis effect” to the formation of these prevailing winds? It depends on what we mean by “Coriolis effect”, and we should probably use it correctly whatever meaning we give it. The surface flow of air is dominated by the convective cells, the prevailing winds develop from this motion and it’s own need to change momentum. It is these winds that sailboats follow, the ocean currents are just a cool bonus.

Coriolis force wasn’t taught in Physics back in the day, I was told in no uncertain terms to ignore it at all times and in all circumstances. If it shows up, you’ve made a serious error, most likely you’re looking at it from the wrong place. The universe works perfectly fine without the Coriolis force, if you look at it the right way.

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http://beantownclassic.com/ - Beantown Hockey Classic
http://beantownswing.com/index.html - Beantown Swing Orchestra
http://www.beantownpub.com/index.html - Beantown Pub
http://beantownrugby.com/ - Beantown Rugby
http://www.beantownbootcamp.com/ - Beantown Bootcamp
https://www.berklee.edu/news/beantown-jazz-festival-announces-2015-lineup - Beantown Jazz Festival
http://www.bostontours.us/?event=offer.detail&offerId=838 - Beantown Trolley Tours
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http://www.beantowntapfest.com/ - Beantown Tapfest
http://www.beantownbaker.com/ - Beantown Baker
http://www.beantownpastrami.com/ Beantown Pastrami
http://www.beantownvapor.com/ - Beantown Vapor
http://www.beantowndiner.com/ - Beantown Diner

There are plenty more, I just got tired of typing.

It’s understatement. Describing someone as “not overly bright” is a polite way of saying “dumb as a post.”