Burning the Gaspee: Revolution in Rhode Island

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This book chronicles the history of the HMS Gaspee, a sloop in the British Royal Navy that was sent to patrol the waters of Narragansett Bay in 1772. The Gaspee cracked down on smugglers and enforced British customs regulation, particularly the Stamp Act. The ship and her captain, William Duddington, were quickly hated by colonists for their campaign of brutality, harassment, and arbitrary enforcement. When the Gaspee ran around in shallow waters, while in pursuit of a colonist merchant ship, they took immediate action. The colonists, led by John Brown and other local notables, burned Gaspee and wounded her captain. This act of revolt preceded the Boston Tea Party by 18 months.
ISBN: 9781609494780
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Series: Military
Images: 31
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Rory Raven is a mentalist who performs at colleges, clubs, corporations and private events throughout the United States. He offers fantastic mind-reading shows and lectures on esoteric subjects. When not on the road, he conducts the Providence Ghost Walk, the original ghosts and graveyards walking tour through the haunted history of Providence, Rhode Island, where he makes his home with his wife and various animals. He is the author of three previous books: Haunted Providence: Strange Tales from the Smallest State; Wicked Conduct: The Minister, the Mill Girl and the Murder that Captivated Old Rhode Island; and The Dorr War: Treason, Rebellion and the Fight for Reform in Rhode Island, all available from The History Press. For more information, visit www.roryraven.com.
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