2018-07-19 / News Briefs

Newport Firsts

Newport was the site of one of the most famous early acts of defiance by American colonists against England, known as “The Liberty Affair,” which took place July 19, 1769.

According to “Newport Firsts: A Hundred Claims to Fame,” by Brian M. Stinson, the first overt act of violence against Great Britain in America took place on that date in Newport when small boats from the HMS Liberty were hauled by colonists to a patch of land now known as Equality Park on Broadway, and burned. This act was in retaliation of the threat of impressment (the British were trying to obtain seamen to fill out its complement), according to Stinson.

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