Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America's Struggle for Independence

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Sound Rising challenges our perception of Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The Sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies and its location placed it in a position to influence the course of history during the critical years between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves, and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes. Merchants' desire for free trade and the avoidance of customs duties set...
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Overview

Sound Rising challenges our perception of Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The Sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies and its location placed it in a position to influence the course of history during the critical years between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves, and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes. Merchants' desire for free trade and the avoidance of customs duties set the stage for war. Long Island Sound played a crucial role in America's Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers, and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes in the enemy's strategic war plans. This groundbreaking, true story relates the Sound's involvement in the capture of Fort Louisbourg, rampant smuggling, the Revolutionary War, the Undeclared War with France and the War of 1812.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976434115
  • Publisher: Research In Time Pub Ipub
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 544,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Radune is an author and independent historian. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1965 with a major in U.S. history, he served as an Air Force captain in North Dakota and Alaska. Following a thirty-year business career, Mr. Radune researched and wrote the award-winning book, Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement, which was published in 2005. His research has provided many opportunities to give presentations to historical societies and other organizations on both Pequot Plantation and the maritime history of Long Island Sound. Interest in maritime military subjects continues to be strong due to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
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Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments ix

Maps and Illustrations x

Eastern United States x

Long Island Sound xi

West Indies xii

Ships 69

Part I Sound Rising 1

Chapter 1 The Strategic Maritime Power of Long Island Sound 3

Chapter 2 Ingredients for Maritime Independence 13

Chapter 3 Testing the Waters 28

Chapter 4 Prelude to Revolution: A Conflict of Interests 42

Part II War Comes to Long Island Sound 53

Chapter 5 Action and Reaction: 1775-1776 55

Chapter 6 Battle Lines Are Formed: 1775-1776 86

Chapter 7 A Swarm of Privateers: 1777-1783 108

Chapter 8 Connecticut and Continental Navies: 1777-1779 129

Chapter 9 Between and Behind the Lines: 1777-1779 146

Chapter 10 The Tide Turns: 1780-1783 171

PART III The Burden of Independence 199

Chapter 11 The Struggle Between Wars 201

Chapter 12 The War of 1812: America's Second War of Independenc 227

Chapter 13 Free at Last 256

Bibliography 265

Notes 275

Index 299

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