SOUND RISING challenges our perception of Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The Sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies and its location placed it in a position to influence the course of history during the critical years between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes. Merchants’ desire for free trade and the avoidance of customs duties set the stage for war. Long Island Sound played a crucial role in America’s Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes in the enemy’s strategic war plans. Long Island Sound became no man’s land and an emotional vortex of “Whaleboat War” involving refugees from each side of the Sound. This groundbreaking, true story relates the Sound’s involvement in the capture of Fort Louisbourg, rampant smuggling, the Revolutionary War, the Undeclared War with France and the War of 1812. Finally, it was the entrepreneurs and seamen from Long Island Sound who were most responsible for the development of New York Port and Connecticut’s transition into an industrial economy.