[C]olonial New York was always a turbulent little town, thanks especially to the large number of seafaring folk among its inhabitants. The sailors had an especial antipathy to the soldiers of the garrison, and rows between them were frequent; with more reason, they hated the press-gangs of the British frigates, and often interfered to save their victims, with the result producing actual riots, wherein bludgeons and cutlasses were freely used. -from "The Unrest Before the Revolution. 1764-1774" A man of prodigious and wide ...

Historic Towns: New York 2006, Cosimo Classics

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