We reflect on the reforms Bligh had introduced and note the rising aggravation amongst the ‘trading group’, who were beginning to lose some of their previous dodgy income streams and privileged arrangements. Many were challenging Bligh’s authority, particularity through the courts and with appeals directly to England, and as tensions escalate, we begin to see the path to rebellion opening up. Macarthur and his friend George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales ‘Rum’ Corp, are stirred to action.
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Music & other links:
- Intro/Exit music modified from: ‘Grand Canyon’ by LÃHSTANA DAVID [CCFM Music]
- Snippet from The British Grenadiers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULnMJGVo-7g
- Background: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Concert/Selections_Summer_2012_1811/beethoven_op18no3_borromeostringquartet