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This Day in Boston History
July 31st, 1775
Americans Burn Boston Light
In an effort
to lessen the English advantage of controlling Boston and its harbor,
on this day three hundred American troops landed on Little Brewster
Island to destroy Boston Light.
They easily defeated the English guard and burned the lighthouse. Naturally,
English troops returned the offense as they set charges in the light
house and demolished it as they fled the harbor in June of 1776.
Boston light was rebuilt in 1783, and today continuously operates as
a navigational aid and historic landmark.