On November 28, to December 8, 1773, the Eleanor and the Beaver would arrive into the Boston Harbor. The boats were loaded with tea from the East India Company. Demanding the tea to be shipped back from where it came from, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams began to meet to determine the fate of the three cargo ships in the Boston Harbor. Once they had a plan they began getting ready.
On the day of the event, colonists got ready by dressing as Indians. The colonists would disguise themselves as Mowhawk Indians. They would disguise themselves so no one would recognize them. After they were finished getting ready they headed to the boats.
On the cold evening on December 16, 1773, a large band of patriots, disguised as Mowhawk Indians, burst from the South Meeting House, with the spirit of freedom burning in their eyes. The patriots headed toward Griffin's Wharf and the three ships. Quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner, the Sons of Liberty boarded each of the tea ships. Once on board, they started striking the chests with axes and hatches. Thousand of people watched in silence. Once the crates were open, the patriots dumped the tea into the sea.