The Cambridge littoral. Frederic H. Viaux.
When the lone pioneer Blaxton, voluntary Crusoe of Shawmut, climbed to the peak of the hill at the foot of which he had pitched his solitary camp, he beheld to the westward two great bays, barely held apart at the base of the slopes by a low, narrow path disappearing in the highlands beyond.
In either of these spacious coves the navies of the world of the time might have found ample anchorage.
A winding river, flowing down from the westerly hills, broadened into a noble estuary that formed a land-locked harbor, and, narrowing again, rushed with a sister stream in confluence towards the open sea.
It was a bountiful stream of fresh water that brought Winthrop and his men to the hills of Blaxton's peninsula, on the slopes of which they settled and faced the blasts of the east wind.
Had these life-giving waters gushed forth on the farther bank of the great bay to the north, the Boston of the pioneers would have been founded there,—th