Nashua năsh´o͞oə [key], city (1990 pop. 79,662), seat of Hillsborough co., S N.H., on the Merrimack and Nashua rivers near the Mass. line settled c.1655, inc. as a city 1853. Because of the availability of water power, Nashua developed (early 19th cent.) as a textile mill town the closing of these mills after World War II prompted the development of diverse manufacturing. Chief among Nashua's products are machinery rubber, wood, metal, paper, and plastic products building materials computers transportation equipment electrical and electronic goods furniture chemicals shoes air shafts and defense systems. The city has grown as a satellite community of the Boston metropolitan area. It is the seat of Rivier College and Daniel Webster College. The Federal Aviation Administration has a traffic control center there.

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