Sons of the American Revolution to celebrate the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party; remember the battle of Trenton, the spanish contributions to the american revolution

By Don Williams and David Curtiss Sons of the American Revolution, Gadsden Chapter

The Las Cruces Gadsden chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution plans to celebrate the 248th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. The chapter will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Hacienda de Mesilla, 1891 Avenida de Mesilla, to make the final plans for the celebration.

The protest of December 16, 1773 against a tax imposed by the British was at the origin of the famous colonial objective “No taxation without representation”. The Sons of Liberty in Boston led this political and mercantile protest. Their stance against the Tea Law was a direct challenge to England allowing the British East India Company not to pay the taxes imposed by the Townshend Laws. The settlers opposed the taxes as a violation of their rights.

Protesters destroyed a shipment of East India Company tea. Protesters succeeded in preventing the unloading of tea in three other colonies, but the governor did not allow the tea to return to England.

The British government’s reaction turned into the American Revolution.

Many political protests over the ages have since associated as historical supporters of the Boston Protest of 1773.

The First Continental Congress was formed to demand the repeal of the Intolerable Laws, which were punitive laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 as a result of the Boston Tea Party, and further coordinated resistance to taxes not passed by their own elected representatives.

The Boston Tea Party was an important event in the Revolution that led to the America we love and serve. It was to be the beginning of the end of a dream that gave birth to a nation of independent thinkers bent on governing themselves.

As America’s 250th anniversary approaches, let us remember the Patriots who gave their all and our responsibility to be good stewards of their heritage.

Tribute to the Battle of Trenton (subtitle)

The SAR Gadsden Chapter also honors the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Trenton, which took place on December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey.

Trenton was a key battle in the military conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its 13 colonies in North America during the War of Independence.

Most American settlers rejected the legitimacy of the British Parliament to rule the 13 colonies without representation. As the morale of the military and the public dwindled, General George Washington knew that an important act was imperative to restore confidence and maintain military enlistments. His surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton was the awakening of the spirit that rekindled the hope of the settlers.

On December 25, 1776, Washington led his men across the icy Delaware River, then marched his soldiers on bloodstained feet for 10 miles to Trenton, where they surprised a garrison of 1,500 Hessians.

Despite the loss of two men crossing the river, wet gunpowder, a sleet storm and frostbite, with incredible courage, Washington and his men faced and won a critical battle, a turning point in the war. In Trenton, Washington demonstrated its ingenuity and resilience as a leader, won the loyalty of its soldiers, and revived the Continental Army.

The Americans dominated the fighting, and the Battle of Trenton resulted in a much needed and morale-boosting American victory, which had a dramatic effect on the colonial war effort. In addition, it has instilled new confidence in the military and the Continental Congress. Washington soon after led another American victory at the Battle of Princeton.

The British lost 22 soldiers at Trenton; 86 were wounded and 906 were captured. Almost 1,000 prisoners from Hesse marched through Philadelphia. (Source: American Battlefield Trust)

Washington reportedly said: “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, brings success to the weak and esteem for all.

An important point to remember is that the colonial army triumphed through thick and thin knowing that independence was not impossible when people worked together as one. It is important for us to remember the debt we owe for the inheritance we have inherited.

SAR Gadsden chapter pays tribute to the Spanish army

The Las Cruces Gadsden chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution remembers and pays homage to the military, militias and civilians of the Spanish lineage who supported the cause of American independence and patriotic service, 1776-1783.

We have in Arizona, New Mexico, and the contiguous United States, Spanish (Hispanic) descendants of supporters of the War of Independence. The Spaniards of New Spain (America) provided financial support, arms, food, uniforms, tents and, most importantly, soldiers and sailors (to the American Revolutionary War effort).

The 1790 census of New Mexico totaled 2,711 Spanish family households, many of which trace their ancestors to revolutionary heroes, such as Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-86), Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory (1777-83) who encompassed 13 of our current states. General Gálvez sent supplies to the armies of General George Washington and General Rogers Clark.

Gálvez raised an army and drove the British out of the Gulf and captured five British forts in the Mississippi Valley. He repulsed the British attacks in St. Louis, Missouri and captured the British fort of St. Joseph in Michigan.

Many New Mexicans supported the “Texas Cattle Drive” which supplied Gálvez’s army and navy.

Galvez led at least 20,000 militias in attacks in North America, California and Nassau.

Obviously, Spain was our ally and Gálvez was the key player – “The right man at the right time”.

There are books with the archives of Spaniards serving in the Americas during the revolution. Their ancestors qualify to apply for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Gálvez was named a US citizen by Congress and his picture hangs in our Capitol. Many historians are unaware of the facts about Spain’s enormous aid to the American revolutionary cause. We conclude that the settlers would not have gained their freedom from Britain without our Spanish ally.

The Little American Revolution of 13 English colonies has become the Great American Revolution of the Western Hemisphere.

An important point to remember is that the colonial army triumphed against all odds knowing that independence was not impossible when people worked together as one. It is important for us to remember the debt we owe for the inheritance we have inherited.

“We honor our ancestors in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for their important roles in the founding, establishment and development of the United States of America,” to quote the (retired) federal judge Edward Butler Sr., past president general, National Society Sons. from the American Revolution and author of “Gálvez: Spain – Our Forgotten Ally in the US Revolutionary War: A Concise Summary of Spain’s Assistance” and “George Washington’s Secret Ally”.


Don William is the current president and David Curtiss is the past president and chaplain of the Sons of the American Revolution, Las Cruces Gadsden Chapter. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-partisan organization “dedicated to the promotion of patriotism, the preservation of American history, and the teaching of American history to future generations.” according to the SAR website. SAR is the largest male line organization in the United States, according to the website, and consists of 50 corporations with more than 500 locals, several international corporations and more than 34,000 members. Contact David Curtiss at 575-522-4809 and [email protected] Find the SAR Gadsden chapter on Facebook.

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