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Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental NavyPrivateer, Patriot, Pioneer$
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Sheldon S. Cohen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034331

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034331.001.0001

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The Passage from Peacetime to Rebellion, 1763–1775

The Passage from Peacetime to Rebellion, 1763–1775

(p.19) 2 The Passage from Peacetime to Rebellion, 1763–1775
Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Sheldon S. Cohen

University Press of Florida

After the end of the French and Indian War, Sarah and Abraham Whipple, along with their two daughters, were able to settle into their Providence community. The wartime efforts of Abraham Whipple had earned him esteem in the colony, and Abraham and several other trusted sea captains were granted more assignments by Nicholas Brown and Company. By the end of the decade, the seaport base of the company was already established within and outside Rhode Island. Although the Rhode Island Assembly was able to meet with both Newport and Providence, public opinion concentrated more on the leadership of Stephen Hopkins and other individuals. The “Newport Junto,” the Royalist faction, was able to lessen the influence of the seaport town particularly during the period of imperial tensions.

Keywords:   Providence, Newport, Newport Junto, imperial tension, faction, Royalist faction, Rhode Island Assembly

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