Boston is a coastal city in Massachusetts. Boston is the largest city and capital of Massachusetts. Boston was founded by English colonists in the 17th century, and grew to be one of the Thirteen Colonies' primary cities, along with New York City and Philadelphia. Boston was controlled by the British at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, but the Battle of Bunker Hill forced the British to flee. Boston has a large fishing industry. Boston is also known for its large Irish-American population. Boston has used land reclamation extensively to expand the city. It was the victim of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, which killed 3 people.