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Although charges were later dropped, his ship was never returned—instead being refitted for service in the British Royal Navy.
Allegedly, Bostonians working for Hancock had locked a British customs official in the ship’s cabin to evade taxes while they unloaded a cargo of Madeira wine.
Ivy covers these old stones as Mother Nature tries to reclaim all traces of the dead.
But when even these stones finally return to nature, the stories of those they mark will live on in the hearts and minds of others. And so it was for Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer.
Within Boston’s three oldest burying grounds lie the remains of many of America’s pilgrims and Patriots of the American Revolution.
All three are on the Freedom Trail—a 2.5 mile path through downtown Boston passing 16 sites of historical significance.
Samuel Adams was a statesman, philosopher and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Accused by the British of smuggling in 1768, his sloop Liberty was confiscated.
Disease and the difficulties of childbirth sent many men, women, and children to an early grave.
Seven smallpox epidemics had struck Boston by 1730.
Whether Goody Glover chose not to speak English, or couldn’t speak it well enough is unclear, but either way she was sentenced to death on November 16, 1688, becoming the first Catholic martyr to be killed in Massachusetts.
300 years later, Boston City Council proclaimed November 16 as Goody Glover Day.