Here’s the latest (14th in the series) column commemorating the 350th anniversary of Charleston.
“The Planters Adventure sailed into Charles Town harbor on Oct. 18, 1765, its crew members well aware they were unlikely to get a friendly welcome.
It went even worse than expected.
Since the summer, angry mobs had been rioting throughout the colonies in protest of the Stamp Act. There had been no violence in Charles Town, but British officials recognized local public sentiment was firmly on the side of the mobs.
And that was unfortunate because the Planters Adventure was delivering one of Charles Town’s first batches of stamps.”