The Gaspée

The Gaspée was a British customs schooner that had been enforcing trade regulations that were unpopular and hated by the American colonists. This ship would often patrol the coastline looking for smugglers. Luckily in 1772, the smugglers won! They caught the HMS Gaspée and set it ablaze. The ship was burned to the waterline… and the colonists got their tax free tea!

A painting depicting the burning of the HMS Gaspée.

A painting depicting the burning of the HMS Gaspée.

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