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Morton: Gaspee Affair pitted merchants against collectors

On this day (June 10) in 1772, in an act of blatant civil defiance of British authority, eight boatloads of armed Rhode Islanders, organized and led by prominent merchant John Brown, boarded and burned to the water line the British revenue carrier Gaspee, which had run aground on what has ever been referred to as Gaspee Point – located about 7 miles south of Providence, R.I.

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