you all may recall from history class, in 1773 a group of Boston
residence that were upset by the high taxes from the British, tossed
the bales of tea into the bay. This would come to be known as
'The Boston Tea Party'. If you were fortunate enough, you may
have even visited the museum that celebrates this historic event
during a school field trip.
What you might not be familiar with is that the streets of
Providence Rhode Island had the
British Government. Having also been particularly upset by the high
taxes they took to the streets and burned bales of tea at the Market
House along the Providence river. Though their message was loud and
clear, it seems to not have the same impact to earn it place in the
history book. I could be due to the fact that Boston had been the
first to step forward or maybe because the Rhode Islander chose a
more aggressive and direct method rather than the more colorful Indian
costumes in the cloak of night the Bostonians used to accomplish
their deeds. What ever the reason maybe, you won't find a museum,
reenactments, or even a souvenir shop dedicate to this event in
Providence. The most you'll find is a plaque commemorating this
occasion outside the Market House in downtown Providence.
Personally I like to think of the Providence Water Fires as a
these brave Rhode Islanders and those who burned the Gaspee. Or maybe the Water fire just further demonstrate
the proclivity for fire Rhode Islander seem to have.