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.
Location. 44° 30.448′ N, 73° 13.708′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is located on the Intervale bicycle path near the Ethan Allen Homestead museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near 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); 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 1.9 miles away); Arahmi (approx. 1.9 miles away); Battery Park (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.