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Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
 

Impulsive Ambush / Une attaque impulsive

 
 
Impulsive Ambush / Une attaque impulsive Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2019
1. Impulsive Ambush / Une attaque impulsive Marker
Inscription.  
English:
In 1775, privateers from the American Colonies launched their first attack on foreign soil. Disobeying the orders of General George Washington, these respected Captains descended on an unsuspecting, unarmed Charlotte Town. Reckless and ravenous they plundered on a whim, robbing the town of its winter supplies and kidnapping two of its most important citizens: acting governor Phillips Callbeck and surveyor Thomas Wright. Annoyed by their conduct, Washington demoted the Captains and freed the captives — but kept the spoils of the raid.

Stolen Seal
The Island’s emblematic silver seal was among the treasures taken by the American raiders. The seal was never recovered and its whereabouts remain unknown to this day.

Français:
En 1775, des corsaires des colonies américaines lancent leur première attaque en sol étranger. Désobéissant aux ordres du général George Washington, ces capitaines respectés descendent sur une Charlotte Town insouciante et non armée. Féroces et sans scrupules, ils pillent sur un coup de tête, volent les fournitures d'hiver de la ville et enlèvent
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deux de ses citoyens les plus importants : le gouverneur intérimaire Phillips Callbeck et l'arpenteur Thomas Wright. Agacé par leur conduite, Washington rétrograde les capitaines et libère les prisonniers — mais il conserve le butin de l'attaque.

Le sceau volé
Le sceau emblématique en argent de l'île figure parmi les trésors emportés par les attaquants américains. Le sceau n'a jamais été retrouvé.
 
Erected by Historic Charlottetown.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
 
Location. 46° 13.934′ N, 63° 7.485′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Water Street just east of Queen Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along the sidewalk on the north side of Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 71 Water Street, Charlottetown PE C1A 1A5, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carvell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A Wet Warehouse in a Dry City / La sobriété avant tout (within shouting distance of this marker); Peake House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Gainsford House (about 120 meters away); Great George Street Historic District
Marker detail: Replica of the Great Silver Seal of PEI image. Click for full size.
Courtesy PARO, Acc2320/54.8
2. Marker detail: Replica of the Great Silver Seal of PEI
(about 150 meters away); Angus Bernard MacEachern (1759- 1835) (about 150 meters away); Sir Louis Henry Davis (about 150 meters away); William Henry Pope (1825 – 1879) (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
 
Also see . . .  Raid on Charlottetown (Wikipedia). The Raid on Charlottetown took place on 17-18 November 1775 as part of the Washington's first naval expedition during the American Revolutionary War. The raid involved two American privateers of the Marblehead Regiment attacking and pillaging Charlottetown. The raid resulted in a diplomatic crisis for George Washington when the privateers overstepped their orders and took prisoner the Acting Governor, the Naval Commander and the Surveyor General of the colony. (Submitted on May 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Impulsive Ambush /<br>Une attaque impulsive Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2019
3. Impulsive Ambush /
Une attaque impulsive Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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