Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Meeting Notes: March 18, 2009

"The Hurricane of Independence," Tony Williams

Williams compared the frenzy of the Revolution early in the war to the hurricane that struck the east coast in September of 1775. He states that more attention was being paid to the talk of taxation and the shots fired at Lexington and Concord than the weather. The hurricane came ashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, sweeping up the coastline and striking the cities of Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston before going back to sea. It later struck Newfound. The hurricane clamed over four thousand lives. It indirectly began the shooting war in Virginia. A British ship had been grounded near Hampton. Some of the crew came ashore, ransacking some nearby dwellings. Some Americans fought with the remaining crew and a ship to shore action developed.

Three principles were born during this period:

One - Idea of liberty, both political and religious
Two - Idea of self government
Three- Idea of limited government