The American Revolution by David F. Burg

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May 16: The Wyandot (Huron) in Pontiac’s Rebellion capture Fort Sandusky (now Sandusky, Ohio). May 25: The Indians capture Fort St. Joseph (now Niles, Michigan). May 27: The Indians capture Fort Miami (later Fort Wayne). June 2: Two huge teams of Indians stage a game of lacrosse outside Fort Michilimackinak in Michigan—a subterfuge that draws British soldiers out of the fort to watch. Suddenly, the Indians arm themselves with weapons they had concealed. They massacre the soldiers, slaughter the fort’s occupants, and raze the fort.

They stone and drive off Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, who has arrived at the house to try to persuade the mob to disperse. Royal Governor Francis Bernard, alarmed by these events, takes refuge in Castle William, a fortress in Boston Harbor. August 15: A delegation of Boston citizens visits Oliver and persuades him to resign as stamp master. August 26: During the night, Boston rioters attack and vandalize the homes of William Story, prominent Tory and deputy register of the admiralty, and Benjamin Hallowell, comptroller of customs.

Much has the Province suffer’d by this War; some hundreds of Lives lost, many Farms destroy’d, and near £100,000 spent, yet the Proprietor [Thomas Penn] refuses to be taxed, except for the trifling Part of his Estate. . Benjamin Franklin, from a letter written at Philadelphia to Peter Collinson, November 22, 1756, in Leonard W. , The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 7, pp. 23–24. 1757 He that would rise at Court, must begin by Creeping. Many a Man’s own Tongue gives Evidence against his Understanding.

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