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Brockton at a Glance

By Malcolm Rivers

Brockton's History

Brockton represents a landmark in American history. One of the first to be sold to the British, Brockton was originally sold to Myles Standish in 1649, was known as Saughtucket to the original American Indians who lived in the land and as Bridgewater to the English who bought the land from Ousamequin. Brockton was eventually renamed for Isaac Brock and became officially a city in 1881. As time passed in its early history, Brockton became known for its work in the leather industry, especially for production of leather shoes.

Brockton is also well known for being the home of championship level athletes. Two of the most well-known and well regarded boxers in history hail from Brockton. Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a hall of fame boxer from Brockton who terrorized the middleweight division during the 1980's and 90's. Hagler holds the highest percentage of fights won by knockout of all middleweight champions historically, 78%. He held the undisputed championship of his division from 1980 to 1987. Though Hagler was born in Newark, New Jersey, he has always claimed his Brockton heritage and represented the city well in his exploits. Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano, is the only untied, unbeaten heavyweight champion of the world in history. Marciano defended his title 6 times and even defeated one of the greatest boxers of any era; Joe Louis.

Modern Brockton

Brockton is known as a good place for the youth. It was named as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance in multiple years; 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. This award is given to communities which take active roles in providing services to benefit the youth and reducing dropout rates among high school students. Brockton is also increasingly diverse. In recent years Brockton's population has grown considerably and there has been an influx of younger, more racially and ethnically diverse Brockton residents. As of 2006 the city was 46.7% White, 2.3% Asian, 31.2% African American and 10% Latino. Brockton is experiencing a population expansion along with the rest of the south of the state and the percentage of immigrant residents, as well as its African American population, has grown in kind.

Brockton is a fast growing city full of history and proud achievements. Its worthy of a closer look, so use this information to get started on further examination. Consider Brockton as a possible vacation destination or a place to look into living with your family. Enjoy finding out more about this great city!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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