Almost 400 years ago, a handful of Puritans rowed up the Charles River, and landed on the slight elevation now known as Harvard Square, where they built a fortified town. It was selected by the governor to become the capital of the Mass. Bay Colony until officials changed their minds. Boston got the capital and Newtowne, later Cambridge, got the college.
Since its colonial village days, Harvard Square has been a focal point for businesses, students, and visitors. Take a look at centuries of history and recent developments.
Latest: Cult-classic burger joint Shake Shack is looking to open a restaurant in Harvard Square.