Gaspee Affair


The Gaspee Affair was an incident that occurred on 10 June 1772, when a group of American colonists from Rhode Island seized and burned the Royal Navy schooner HMS Gaspee after it had run aground. The affair contributed to the worsening of relations between Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies in the early stage of the American Revolution (c. 1765-1789).

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  • 10 Jun 1772
    A group of American colonists burn a Royal Navy schooner, HMS Gaspee, off the coast of Rhode Island.