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This Day in Boston History

February 20th, 1815

USS Constitution Captures Two

On this day the USS Constitution encountered two British war ships and set about engaging them both. She disabled the HMS Levant, then took on the Cyane in a race to capture her before the Levant could rejoin the battle.

The Levant rejoined the fight to find that herself outnumbered by the Constitution who's crew manned both ships. By 10pm that night both ships were taken by the Constitution, which had lost six of her crew in combat.

 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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