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Once a densely populated neighborhood of Boston, this neighborhood features some of the most fearsome threats outside of Boston Common. It is separated from the rest of the neighborhoods by the elevated freeway remains (to the west), and Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay (to the north and east). Geographically, Dorchester Neck was an isthmus, a narrow strip of land that connected the mainland of the colonial settlement of Dorchester with Dorchester Heights. Landfill has since greatly increased the amount of land on the eastern side of the historical neck, and widened the connection to the mainland to the point that South Boston is no longer considered separate from it.
During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington placed cannon on Dorchester Heights, thereby forcing the evacuation of British troops from Boston on March 17, 1776. The British evacuated Boston and Fort William and Mary for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fort William and Mary was replaced with a brick fortification known as Fort Independence. That fort was replaced by a granite fortification (bearing the same name) prior to the American Civil War, and still stands on Castle Island. Once a National Historic Landmark, and headquarters of the Commonwealth Minutemen. Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Castle Island for five months in 1827 and was inspired to write The Cask of Amontillado based on an early Castle Island "legend."
South Boston gained an identity separate from Dorchester, but the two were annexed by Boston in pieces, from 1804 to 1870. It was once known popularly as a working class Irish American neighborhood, with the neighborhood itself most popularly known as Southie.
South Boston appears only in Fallout 4.
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.510-511: "Zone 18: Neighborhood: South Boston
Featuring the most fearsome threats outside of Boston Common, South Boston is separated from the rest of the neighborhoods by the elevated freeway remains (to the west) and the bay (to the north and east). The lack of giant towering skyscrapers also means you’re less likely to wander around in a bewildered fashion, but don’t let your guard down. Powerful pincer-clapping Mirelurks roam the coast, and numerous pockets of Raiders, ferals, and a few Super Mutants are also active in this zone. The neighborhood has many impressive and ancient structures—none more so than the Castle, a fortification once belonging to the Minutemen. This could perhaps be the crowning achievement to the explorer who seeks to build and unite settlements both far and wide."
(Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
- South Boston on Wikipedia
- Southie Stout