The Pine Tree Riot kicked off the Revolution
Living in New England, one can be exposed to an abundance of colonial-era history – tales of settlers and revolution.
Practically everyone knows of the “Boston Tea Party,” which occurred Dec. 16, 1773. It is recognized as the action that put the colonies on the path to independence.
But there was an event that predates it, that some say may have actually sparked America’s revolt and eventual succession – although few have heard the tale.
When the first shipment of masts was sent from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to England, in 1634, Great Britain had already suffered deforestation. To dominate the high seas, new sources of abundant timber for shipbuilding were needed. No ships, after all, could set sail without as many as 23 masts, yards and spars varying in length and diameter from the huge mainmast to the less substantial.