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Revere
Paul Revere. A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New-England and British Ships of War Landing Their Troops!, [1770]
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
In 1768 the British sent regular troops to maintain order in Boston, as protests against English rule were rendering the town unmanageable. Like Burgis’ view, this engraving by Patriot Paul Revere depicts Boston from the southeast and emphasizes Long Wharf as its most striking feature. The message is however very different: Revere depicts the troops arriving as a hostile force with “cannons loaded, a Spring on their Cables, as for a regular Siege.” The view’s message was rendered all the more powerful by its publication just weeks after the Boston Massacre.

 

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