The Black Snake Affair Historical

The Black Snake Affair Historical (HM1UTP)

Location: Burlington, VT 05408 Chittenden County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 30.448', W 73° 13.708'

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In 1808, the Federal government, reacting to unfair British policies, passed an Embargo Act, forbidding trade with Great Britain. The Champlain Valley relied on trade with British Canada and the Act was unpopular and significant smuggling developed. The Black Snake was the most notorious smuggling vessel of its day.In August, 1808, the Black Snake was in the Winooski River to load potash for Canada. The Revenue Cutter Fly seized the Black Snake and, in the confrontation, the Black Snake crew killed three men. The smugglers were tried for murder and three men were sentenced to be hung but only Cyrus Dean was executed. On November 11th, with 10,000 people present in Burlington, he was "swung off".
Year Placed2008
Placed ByVermont Division for Historic Preservation
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Date Added Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 640815 N 4929764
Decimal Degrees44.50746667, -73.22846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 30.448', W 73° 13.708'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 30' 26.88" N, 73° 13' 42.48" W
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Area Code(s)802
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington VT 05408, US
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