Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The 2000 census, according to the city had a total population of 55,976. Taunton is the county seat of Bristol County. The city has an area of 124.2 km ² ( 120.7 km ² land and 3.5 km ² water ) and is situated on the Taunton River.
English settlers bought the area Cohannet by the native Wampanoag. 1637 the settlement of Elizabeth Poole was founded and officially organized on September 3, 1639 as a community. The majority of the settlers came from Taunton in the English county of Somerset, which led to the renaming of the settlement in 1640. Several battles in King Philip 's War and the American Revolutionary War took place in Taunton or in its vicinity. Taunton was re-organized on 11 May 1864 as city.
Taunton has long been home to various silver machined companies, including The Taunton Silversmiths and F.B. Rogers Silver Co. and thank this his nickname " Silver City ".
Elizabeth Poole was the first female founder of a place in America and was founded in 1652 with their Ironforge also the first business woman.
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