Dozens of historical reenactors gather in Newport Saturday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots. The events were some of the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War.
In 1765, a group of Newporters, taking their lead from rebels in Massachusetts, rioted against the Stamp Act. The legislation would have levied a new tax on the colonists. It was approved in England, over the colony’s objections.