1773 Boston Tea Party
Leading up to the American Revolution, a group of Massachusetts colonists known as the Sons of Liberty staged a midnight raid to protest a new British tax law. The Tea Party demonstrators were organized by Samuel Adams.
Britain’s Tea Act of 1773 lowered the tea tax for the East India Company and created a monopoly over the American tea trade. The Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians, raided three ships docked at the Boston Harbor and dumped hundreds of crates of tea into the water.
The British Parliament was furious with the colonists’ insubordination and destruction of British property. In 1774, Britain instated the Intolerable Acts to establish military rule over the Massachusetts colony. The colonists responded by creating the Continental Congress to discuss American independence from Britain.
A new museum dedicated to the Tea Party revolt is currently under construction in Boston.
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