1774 – Paul Revere and Wentworth Cheswell Ride

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Paul Revere

1774 Paul Revere and Wentworth Cheswell, a Black Man, rode to warn Portsmouth of the approach of British warships

On December 13, 1774, Cheswell rode with Paul Revere to warn Portsmouth citizens of the approach of two British Warships. Along with other local men, Cheswell signed a document in April 1776, in which he pledged to take up arms and resist the British.

Wentworth Cheswell (1746-1817) – BlackPast.org

In the middle of December 1774, messengers on horseback carried news to the people of New Hampshire’s seacoast. Two British warships were headed to New Castle to reinforce Fort William and Mary. The messengers, or dispatch riders, helped organize the resistance. One messenger was Paul Revere. And one was Wentworth Cheswell.

Revere made quite a few rides before war broke out, and so did dozens of dispatch riders before and during the American Revolution. As part of the secret patriot network, the riders shared intelligence about the enemy and communications between the colonial provisional governments.

Wentworth Cheswell took a number of rides like Revere. He volunteered to serve in the military and fought at Saratoga.  He is also considered New Hampshire’s first archaeologist — and the first African-American elected to public office in the United States.

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Biography: Famous for alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Born: January 11735
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: May 101818 (aged 83)

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1577 – Francis Drake Circumnavigation

Engraved world map, hand-colored, printed on paper, showing the route of Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe 1577-1580

  • 1577-12-13 Francis Drake sets sail from England on an epic three year circumnavigation of the world aboard the Golden Hind
  • 1580-09-26 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind

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1776 – General C Lee leaves his troops for Window White’s Tavern

Major General Lee – IF it wasn’t for what happened in Basking Ridge, the world may have looked different today!

1776General Charles Lee leaves his troops for Widow White’s Tavern

On December 13, 1776, American General Charles Lee leaves his army, riding in search of female sociability at Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. General George Washington had repeatedly urged General Lee to expedite his movements across New Jersey in order to …read more

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