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Tango0113 Apr 2017 10:09 p.m. PST

…America's Marines


"Less than a year into the revolution, a force of Continentals invaded and captured the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. Their target: a cache of military supplies that included 200 barrels of gunpowder."
IN 1776, the burgeoning American independence movement faced an enormous problem one that threatened to end the revolution before it even really began: the rebel army had no gunpowder.

According to author and historian Michael Stephenson's 2007 book Patriot Battles, George Washington demanded Congress provide him with no fewer than 400 barrels of gunpowder when he took command of the Continental Army in 1775. He got fewer than 40 enough for about 20 rounds per solider. The rebels needed more powder and fast! In fact, it was this critical shortage that led to America's first offshore military operation history.

Less than a year into the revolution (and four months before the Declaration of Independence), a force of Continentals invaded and captured the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. Their target: a cache of military supplies that included 200 barrels of gunpowder. The stockpile had been transferred there from Virginia only weeks earlier, specifically to keep it out of rebel hands…"
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