Members of the Sons of the American Revolution [SAR], the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR], and the Children of the American Revolution [CAR] are in Bermuda to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot.
At about 6.00pm on Saturday [Aug 15] crowds gathered to watch the re-enactment of the rolling of the barrels of gunpowder down the hill toward Tobacco Bay Beach and the dedication of an interpretive sign regarding the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot at Tobacco Bay.
The event wrapped up with a party at the beach for Bermudians and tourists alike with Revolutionary War-themed specials.
Thomas and St. George Tucker, separately informed leaders of the American cause that the lightly guarded magazine in Bermuda contained about 100 barrels of gunpowder, which was in short supply in the colonies.
With that intelligence, Benjamin Franklin and others in Philadelphia were able to convince a few Bermudians to “appropriate” the gunpowder and have it loaded on American ships waiting off of Tobacco Bay.
In exchange, the Bermudians received a partial exemption from the Continental Congress’s trade embargo, which would allow Bermuda to continue receiving the American farm products on which islanders depended.
The visiting delegation of more than 50 people includes members from Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
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