The Historic Rhode Island Protest That Occurred Before The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was one of early America’s greatest acts of defiance… but it wasn’t the first. Rhode Island actually had its own version of a tea party that rarely gets talked about outside of New England. And looking back, the Gaspee Affair was a significant event leading up to the American Revolution.

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but it’s got a long list of fascinating local history. We’re even home to the oldest tavern in the country.