Taunton

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Taunton (ˈtɔːntən)
 
n
a market town in SW England, administrative centre of Somerset: scene of Judge Jeffreys' "Bloody Assize" (1685) after the Battle of Sedgemoor. Pop: 58 241 (2001)

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taunton

city, Bristol county, southeastern Massachusetts, U.S., on the Taunton River, 33 miles (53 km) south of Boston. Elizabeth Poole, an early proprietor, was said to have purchased the site from Native Americans in 1638. It was organized as a town in 1639 and later named for Taunton, England. During the King Philip's War (1675-76) it served as a base of operations. In 1684 its citizens' refusal to pay taxes levied by Governor Edmund Andros "without their own assent in assembly" was a precursor to the American Revolutionary slogan: "No taxation without representation." Early industries included ironworks, brickmaking, and shipbuilding. Silverware production began with the establishment of the Reed & Barton Company in 1824. The city's economy is now diversified, with services and manufacturing (electronic equipment, silverware, aircraft components, metal products, and office equipment). Massasoit State Park and the Emma F. Hutt Forest are major recreational areas. Inc. city, 1864. Pop. (1990) 49,832; (2000) 55,976.

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