Monday, July 27, 2015

In Which I Visit Colonial Newport

In Which I Visit Colonial Newport

Here are some navigational tools the sailors use to figure out where they're going. I think I know someone who could use these.
Newport is a busy city with many industries. There is the printing industry...
The Newport Mercury newspaper was founded by Benjamin Franklin's brother James and continued by James' wife Ann, after his death. 

There's also the furniture industry. The most famous furniture makers are Goddard & Townsend. They make the lovely Chippendale style furniture you see here.
A middle-class parlor 1750s
There is even a boarding school for girls. My guardian says she's going to send me here. Oh no! I do not think I would be good at sewing samplers and practicing stitching. 
Help! I don't want to go to boarding school!

More on the Revolution... 

Brothers in Arms: Daniel Lyman and Lafayette
Daniel Lyman is a Newport resident, Continental soldier, jurist and Industrial Revolution entrepreneur. Mr. Lyman was born in Connecticut and studied at Yale until independence was declared and Lyman enlisted in the Continental Army. Lyman served under General Nathanel Greene and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Lafayette served with Lyman in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. The friends were reunited in 1780. Lyman and Lafayette greeted Rochambeau. Lafayette was impressed with the American militia in Newport. Lafayette gave his friend Daniel Lyman a gentleman’s sword made in France around 1765 and a pair of silver spurs.
Lafayette's Sword 

 This is a Newport Artillery Company uniform, a wealthy, private company. The musket is an American copy of a British military musket. It is known as the Committee of Safety Musket. It was used earlier in the war until France brought us newer guns. This gun belonged to Eldridge Gerry, a member of the Committee of Safety. He was involved in the Battle of Lexington. Mr. Gerry signed the Declaration of Independence!

More on the French in Newport
Here is  a portrait of Comte D'Estaing. He is a French naval officer.

 The other image is a French map showing the defenses in Narragansett Bay. It shows the spots where the allied forces were in January 1781. 
 The red line shows where the French took advantage of the natural geography of Newport harbor to fire on the British. 

The diorama shows what is happening right now! The arrival of the French forces under General Rochambeau. There are many parades,  proclamations and parties to welcome them.

The Revolutionary War caused a great deal of destruction and damage in Newport. The British invaded first. They lived in churches and houses and used other houses for firewood. Many parts of the city were destroyed. Then the French came. They stayed here too. Many people have left the city and the economy is not good.

For now we are happy the French came to save us! Huzzah! Now follow me on a tour of the city.

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