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This Day in Boston History

October 21st, 1797

USS Constitution Launched

USS Constitution

On this day USS Constitution was launched after two failed attempts. Old Ironsides had been jammed on its launch deck since the first attempt to launch it on September 20th. Several times she was loosed, moved slightly, then jammed again. Superstitious sailors began to fear the ship was ill-fated.

History would prove quite the opposite. Circling the globe, the Constitution saw action until 1853. Constitution remains today the oldest commissioned Navy ship in the world.


 


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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