Rhode Tour is a free mobile application and website that features several historically and humanities-themed tours and stories from around the state using multi-media such as photographs and videos.  Rhode Tour has tour for Providence’s East Side, which features two locations relevant to the Gaspee Affair:  the Stephen Hopkins House and the John Brown House.  For information on the individual locations, visit here for the Stephen Hopkins House and here for the John Brown House.

See this wonderful resource for teachers including a virtual exhibit from the Secretary of State.

For another perspective on the Gaspee Affair that explains various factors that led up to the event as well as the role of John Brown and other Sons of Liberty in the affair, read this article.

The Rhode Island Historical Society has an article about smuggling in Rhode Island and the Gaspee Affair, which can be found here.

C-SPAN assembled a short video that summarizes the motivations for and events of the Gaspee Affair.

See this virtual reality rendition of the story of the Gaspee by Adam Blumenthal – Burning the Gaspee: They Rowed to Revolution.

The Gaspee Virtual Archives is a page run by a group of Gaspee enthusiasts, and it features primary resource documents, document transcriptions, and essays.


Relevant Articles from the Rhode Island History Journal

Bryant, Samuel W.  “HMS Gaspee—The Court Martial.”  Rhode Island Historical Journal 25 no. 3 (July 1966):  65-72.

Bryant, Samuel W.  “Rhode Island Justice—1772.”  Rhode Island History Journal 26 no. 3 (July 1967):  65-71.

DaVaro, Lawrence J., Jr.  “The Gaspee Affair as Conspiracy.” Rhode Island History Journal 32 no. 4 (November 1973):  107-122).

Wulsin, Egene.  “The Political Consequences of the Burning of the Gaspee.”  Rhode Island History Journal 3 no. 1 (January 1944):  1-11.

Wulsin, Eugene.  The Political Consequences of the Burning of the Gaspee (concluded).”  Rhode Island History Journal 3 no. 2 (April 1944):  55-64.


Suggested Field Trips and Locations of Note

To learn more about John Brown’s role in the Gaspee Affair, visit the John Brown House, which offers tours that include information on the Gaspee Affair.

The Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center houses the Rhode Island Historical Society’s various collections and archives, including those that concern the Gaspee Affair.

To learn more about Stephen Hopkins and his role in the Gaspee Affair and its aftermath, visit the Stephen Hopkins House.