Monday, June 09, 2008


This Day in the History of American Violance in Reaction to Stupid British Acts

On this day in 1772, colonists angry with passage of the Townsand Act in Parliament, which Act restricted and taxed colonial trade, rowed out to the HMS Gaspée, which had run aground near the village of Pawtuxet on Narragansett Bay leading up to Providence, Rhode Island, shot its captain in the belly, rowed him and the crew back to shore and set the schooner on fire. Take that, Brits.


The Gaspee was burned by the Sons of Liberty. Its captain, William Dudingston, survived his wound and lived to age 77, dying in 1817.

Enjoy Gaspee days in Warwick, RI this weekend, June 13-15, 2008.

What party do the Sons of Liberty belong to now?
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