Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: When word emerged from the committee investigating the seizure and destruction of HMS Gaspee, a British Navy customs schooner in Rhode Island waters in 1773, that henceforth prisoners and witnesses would be taken to London for any trial, colonial newspapers began to openly speculate on the imminent future of American independence. The fact that contrary to ancient English tradition that one had to be tried by one’s peers was now being openly ignored by the Royal government, set colonial teeth on edge.

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