Monday, August 06, 2012
Hey Teabaggers, do you believe in coincidences?
But as it it turned out, "Way!"
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
After a brief refit at Portsmouth Romney recommissioned in March 1767 under Captain John Corner, as part of a squadron sent to North America under Samuel Hood. While serving off North America, Romney achieved a degree of notoriety after being sent to Boston Harbour to support the commissioners, who had asked Hood for help in enforcing the Townshend Acts. Romney arrived on 17 May 1768, but being short of men, Captain Corner began to impress seamen from the harbour. This was unpopular with the locals, who took to attacking the impress gangs. Events escalated when the commissioners in the town ordered the seizure of the merchant vessel Liberty, which belonged to John Hancock. When sailors and marines from Romney attempted to seize the vessel, mobs attacked them and then turned on the commissioners. Many of the officials took refuge aboard the Romney, before transferring to Castle William. These incidents heightened tensions that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre in 1770.
These events would eventually lead to the 1773 Boston Tea Party, from which the modern day, chronically undereducated, Teabaggers have taken their name.
Well now isn't THAT an interesting coinky dink?