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The Town of Falmouth, Burnt, by Captain Moet, Octbr. 18th 1775.
Creator 1 dates:
b. ca. 1748-1817
Place image published:
[Nathaniel Coverly and Robert Hodge]
fold-out frontispiece; vol. 2
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View of the harbor of Falmouth being attacked by warships. Built environment includes church, windmill, wharves, ships, and burning dwellings.
An impartial history of the war in America, between Great Britain and the United States ... Vol. II.
Source place of publication:
Printed by Nathaniel Coverly and Robert Hodge, at their Office in Newbury-Street
M. DCC. LXXXII. 
Lieutenant Henry Mowatt led a squadron of four British ships to Falmouth harbor, present-day Portland, Maine, and issued an ultimatum that the people of the town give up their weapons or risk destruction of the town. Instigated to subdue the rebellion amongst the colonists, the bombardment of Falmouth instead solidified support of the colonial cause. Authorship of this book is attributed to James Murray by Evans. Shadwell attributes the print to John Norman.
Acquired in 1936.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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