Nathan Hale was born in the town of Coventry which was part of British Empire in North America in what is now known as Connecticut, in 1755. Nathan was a school teacher who ended up becoming a captain and spy for the Continental Army in their war against the British Crown. He was captured by British Forces and it is thought that a British Loyalist relative may have been betrayed him sometime in September of 1776. .
On the day of September 22, 1776, he was executed by hanging in New York City in an area of that is now around 66th Street and Third Avenue. Before he died, Hale’s dying words would be a sort of rallying cry for the American colonists rebelling against the British Empire. They were as follows: ” ‘I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country.” There has been speculation over the years as to the exact wording of his last testament but the biggest mystery is what happened to Hale’s body. It was never found. In the town of his birth, his family had a burial vault that remain empty and a memorial to his role in the birth of the United States.
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