(1770)

The Golden Hill Riot Happened Here

Manhattan: Civic Center/
City Hall Park

An escalating succession of events led to this clash between British soldiers and revolutionaries, also known as The Battle of Golden Hill. The Sons of Liberty erected a liberty pole to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act. New York enacted the Quartering Act, requiring that colonists house and feed British soldiers on request. An anonymous paper criticized the Quartering Act in 1769. British soldiers sawed down the pole in response. Isaac Sears and Walter Quakenbos attacked a British soldier posting a criticism of the revolutionaries on January 19, 1770, leading to a violent clash.

Posted May 10, 2013 by gstavrou

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