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Our little state made a big impression in 1772

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by Gary W Trott, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Gary W Trott

    Gary W Trott Prickley Fan

    Sep 23, 2002
    West Warwick, RI
    More than a year before the Boston Tea Party occurred, about 50 miles to the south colonists in Rhode Island acted a little bit more violently in response to the British revenue ships.

    "...On June 9th, 1772 a small boat, whose captain was Thomas Lindsay, set off from Newport, and was headed to Providence, with the intention of engaging the HMS Gaspee. He knew his boat would be stopped and searched for illegal goods. Sure enough shortly after departing the Gaspee began its pursuit of his vessel, and he refused to stop. His boat, being smaller and faster, began to quickly pull ahead of the Gaspee. When they approached, what is now called Gaspee point in Pawtuxet, Thomas Lindsay realized they were chasing him without any thought or planning and he led them to the shallow waters off Gaspee point. The Gaspee decided to take a shortcut through the shallow waters at Gaspee point to try to overtake the fleeing vessel. Not realizing these waters were shallower than they thought, the Gaspee ran aground. This was a grave mistake, because with the tide going out, the Gaspee would be stuck there until high tide at 3 am the next morning." Click to read more
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012
  2. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    Good on you Rhode Islanders! :cool:

    Interesting bit of history, Gary -- thanks for posting! [​IMG]


  3. Gary W Trott

    Gary W Trott Prickley Fan

    Sep 23, 2002
    West Warwick, RI
    You're welcome JFrame.
  4. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    There are times, when fighting is the right thing to do. It's a tough choice, and a tougher job to do. Most don't make that choice any more.

    Congrats and kudos to those that have fought, and fought well.