British Landing in Boston, 1768

This is an engraving by Paul Revere who noted on this picture that the Royal Navy ships stood by with 'cannon loaded and spring on their cable as for a regular siege.' This was as a result of Boston patriots swearing never to permist redcoats to set foot in Massachusetts. However, at this point, patriot rhetoric was just that and the British landed without a shot being fired.

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