Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
The Black Snake Affair
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".
Erected 2008 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is November 11, 1808.
Location. 44° 30.448′ N, 73° 13.708′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is located Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington VT 05408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ethan Allen Park - Wilderness in the City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ethan Allen (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of John Lonergan (approx. 1.8 miles away); Saint-Joseph Parish (approx. 1.8 miles away); Athletic Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Chief Grey Lock (approx. 1.8 miles away); Trees for the 21st Century (approx. 1.8 miles away); 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 620 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.