There was a brief British occupation in Salem this past weekend as a joint collaboration between the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Minute Man National Historic Park brought Redcoat reenactors to Derby Wharf. On Saturday, General Thomas Gage and his troops arrived and made camp, in commemoration of then-Governor Gage’s short-lived attempt to move the capital of the Massachusetts colony to Salem (away from very agitated Boston) in the summer of 1774. This plan was unsuccessful, and the resistance to it set in motion the events of the following year. Gage wasn’t in Salem for very long. The 2011 Redcoats departed on Sunday afternoon.
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- Today is the 108th anniversary of the Great Salem Fire, which destroyed nearly 1400 buildings and left 18,000 people homeless. Forest River Park, #salemwillows and #salemcommon became tent cities in the summer of 1914. The fire made national headlines, and even attracted international attention, as this clip from a #pathé newsreel illustrates. Thanks to intrepid rare footage finder @barrysswift! #otd #salemhistory
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