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The Passage from Peacetime to Rebellion, 1763–1775

Sheldon S. Cohen

in Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034331
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034331.003.0002
The Passage from Peacetime to Rebellion, 1763–1775

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After the end of the French and Indian War, Sarah and Abraham Whipple, along with their two daughters, were able to settle into their Providence community. The wartime efforts of Abraham Whipple had earned him esteem in the colony, and Abraham and several other trusted sea captains were granted more assignments by Nicholas Brown and Company. By the end of the decade, the seaport base of the company was already established within and outside Rhode Island. Although the Rhode Island Assembly was able to meet with both Newport and Providence, public opinion concentrated more on the leadership of Stephen Hopkins and other individuals. The “Newport Junto,” the Royalist faction, was able to lessen the influence of the seaport town particularly during the period of imperial tensions.

Keywords: Providence; Newport; Newport Junto; imperial tension; faction; Royalist faction; Rhode Island Assembly

Chapter.  12657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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