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Bell Ringer: The Gaspee Affair of 1772

The Gaspee Affair of 1772

John McNiff talked about the Gaspee, a British ship that patrolled the waterways off of Providence. In 1772 several prominent Providence residents snuck out during the middle of the night and burned the Gaspee to protest new taxes that had been levied by the British.

Description

Historian John McNiff talked about the Gaspee, a British ship that patrolled the waterways off of Providence. In 1772 several prominent Providence residents snuck out during the middle of the night and burned the Gaspee to protest new taxes that had been levied by the British.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain how Providence and Rhode Island were founded.
  • Describe the evolving relationship between the colony and England.
  • Why was the HMS Gaspee’s goals deployed to Rhode Island?
  • Describe the events that led to the burning of the Gaspee.
  • Describe the events following the burning of the Gaspee in Rhode Island. What effect did it have on other colonies?

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Intolerable Acts
    • John Brown
    • King Charles Ii
    • Sons Of Liberty
    • Stamp Act

    Topics

    U.S. History