Above tide-level), great fires were kindled at the news of the repeal of the Stamp Act, of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and of the surrenders of Burgoyne and Cornwallis; beacon fires were burned during the American War of Independence; an "observatory" for tourists was built at an early date; and in 1885 the Blue Hill Observatory for meteorological investigation was established by Abbott Lawrence Rotch (b.
There was much sickness, and after two years, urged by Admiral Cornwallis, the government transferred the colony to the N.E.
With the colony the name also of Port Cornwallis was transferred to this new locality.
In 1824 Port Cornwallis was the rendezvous of the fleet carrying the army to the first Burmese war.
The commission reported favourably, selecting as a site Blair's original Port Cornwallis, but pointing out and avoiding the vicinity of a salt swamp which seemed to have been pernicious to the old colony.
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