The Liberty

Most people don’t know that John Hancock was a seasoned smuggler and merchant! In April 1768, his ship the Liberty arrived carrying wine and other taxable goods. He ordered his crew to unload the cargo under the cover of nightfall. When the customs officials saw this, they boarded the ship and saw that the cargo hold was only half full. They noticed that no taxes had been paid on these goods. So Hancock locked the customs officials in the captain’s cabin!

A portrait of John Hancock

A portrait of John Hancock

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