Overview of Chapter Two
Sergeant Rice Honeywell

Continental army sergeant Rice Honeywell of colonial Fredericksburg, New York, might have been a Patriot hero had he not fallen in love with the daughter of a Tory spy. Following his service with the American army during the Revolutionary War, Honeywell and his bride-to-be joined her Loyalist parents in Canada, where he eventually made his fortune and sent his son to pioneer the future city of Ottawa, the capital of Canada.


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Rice Honeywell’s charmed life placed him at the scene of several storied battles in the American Revolution. As a quintessential Yankee entrepreneur, he was inclined toward risk and often let chance define his fate.

Honeywell’s early life as a Patriot in New York led him to join the Continental Army of General George Washington; his later years were characterized by shrewd land speculation and financial opportunism in Canada. In all cases, Rice Honeywell rarely failed to roll the dice.