Episode 54: The 1747 Impressment Riot

In 1747, a British Commodore began kidnapping sailors and working men in Boston, and the people of the city wouldn’t stand for it.  Three days of violence followed, in a draft riot that pitted the working class of Boston against the Colonial government and Royal Navy.

The 1747 Impressment Riot

Account of the 1747 fire in the Old State House

Featured Historic Site

The Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury was built by Massachusetts Royal Governor William Shirley (who features in this episode), and later remodeled and resided in by Democratic-Republican Governor William Eustis. More information.

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