Saturday, January 17, 2015

Brunswick Town and a walk through early American history

What a great day to wander through the site of one of the first colonial towns to protest British Rule... Brunswick Town.

St Philips Anglican Church built in 1740 some 36 years before the Deceleration of Independence
The plaque outside the building and some historical facts

Brunswick Town holds the distinction in American history of being the site of one of the first armed resistances to British colonial policies, an extraordinary example of what the colonists saw as taxation without representation.

The Stamp Act in 1765, which required that stamps be purchased from the Crown and attached “to all legal documents, newspapers, gambling papers, ships’ clearance papers, and books or pamphlets”pushed the people of Brunswick Town a little too far.

The act was so offensive to the people of Brunswick Town that when the ship Diligence carrying these stamps for sale docked at their port, a number of citizens met the ship carrying muskets, frightening the captain so much that he dare not unload the dreaded stamps. This put the royal governor  in a bind. He felt bound to uphold the new law, but was sympathetic toward the feelings of the citizens. He even offered to personally pay for stamps on a number of documents and for wine licenses for certain towns. However, his generous offer was turned down. By refusing to unload his stamps in such a hostile environment, the captain of the Diligence assured that trade in Brunswick Town and the whole Cape Fear region essentially ground to a halt.

Archeological remnants of the settlement

Inside the visitor center at the Historic Site

 Another beautiful day for a little trek.  In the clear sky above I got to see an awesome sight.  The first job I had as a young engineer was at Bell Helicopter a long time ago.  While at Bell I worked on this bird... It has a great sound as it wheels those beautiful rotors through the air.  A grown up XV-15!

Just out of college, I worked on the JVX. That bird would become the very cool V-22
I'll close this post with a great name for a street I noticed today!

I like it!
Hope you enjoyed the post,  Lee.

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