American Revolution Podcast

Episode 030: The Occupation of Boston

February 4, 2018


With officials in Boston unable to control the people and enforce the law, Secretary of State Hillsborough decides enough is enough and orders four regiments of British regulars to occupy the town.  Radical colonists debate resisting the troops by force of arms, but decide in the end to back down.  Instead, they simply send protests to London.  Locals harass the soldiers at every opportunity, and make the occupation as difficult as possible.  The Navy attempts to impress (force) local sailors into the fleet, leading to the death of a British officer from those resisting impressment. Gov. Bernard is recalled to London and will never return, leaving Lt. Governor Hutchinson in charge.  Leading radical James Otis suffers an attack that leads to mental instability and his eventual withdrawal from politics.

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