|Harvard College would become significant beyond the wildest dreams of its founders as the premier institute of learning in the New World. The fact that the surrounding community was named Cambridge illustrates the anticipation and links back to the old country. It was not named as Harvard until 1639 when it recieved an endowment and library from John Harvard. John Harvard had been educated at Cambridge and so it was thought fitting to rename the community around Harvard from New Towne to Cambridge.
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