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The Relationship Between Aaron Burr And Alexander Hamilton

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Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton had quite a difficult relationship. There were many instances where the two were greatly opposing each other. Due to these instances and others in which Burr had felt completely insulted by Hamilton, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. At the Duel, Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach. Hamilton died the next day. Burr was never charged for the murder of Hamilton, but some still consider Burr completely unjust in his actions of challenging and killing Hamilton.
A man challenging another to a duel was not an uncommon event in Colonial America from the 17th to the 19th century. Duels were only legal in certain areas and they had a strict set of rules outlined by the Code Duello of 1777. In a duel, the men would meet along with their representatives, or “seconds,” to decide on a weapon, which could include either a sword or a gun. Then, the group decided on the distance of where they began. The man who was challenged was allowed to fire his weapon at the other first, and then the man who initiated the duel was allowed to fire. Most often the intention of a duel was not to kill a man, but to restore dignity after an insult; therefore, the participants often purposely missed. One of the most famous of these duels was the one between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis, an island in the West Indies. After becoming an orphan, his ability to write was recognized by benefactors who paid
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