Medford is located in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts and a city in Middlesex County, and sits on the northern part of Boston and sits along the Mystic River. Matthew Cradock settled in the area where the present-day Medford stood and constructed a plantation in 1630. In 1631, Medford started a shipbuilding industry with one of the first that will sail to the ocean that was built in the United States - Blessing of the Bay. The city's local merchants were active the triangular trader wherein the rum they made out of the West Indian sugar were then traded for African slaves, who were subsequently bought and sold to the West Indies. The city's modern economy was primarily based on services and trade. There were several colonial buildings that are still being preserved.
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