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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.



 


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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