Belfast among Maine cities with rooted history on Patriots Day

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Monday of course marked 'Patriots Day' across parts of New England.

The holiday commemorates the first fired shots of the American Revolutionary War, which is a conflict that impacted the lives of many Mainers.

A few of them lie in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, which is one of the cities oldest grave sites. Historians figure about 90 people buried there were original settlers.

One of them was John Cochran. He was a landowner in Belfast and one of only dozens of men who took part in the Boston Tea Party of 1773. That's where colonists raided cargo ships in Boston Harbor and tossed the tea they were carrying into the water to protest British tax laws.

Belfast itself also has a lot of history during the Revolutionary War as the threat of the British army forced settlers to abandon the city for five years during the conflict.


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