December 16,1773. A group of 7,000 Boston Colonists are gathered, protesting the recently enforced townshend acts, and the various taxes being put on British goods. Feeling that they're being treated unfairly, they plan to take action against the British.
WHAT DO WE WANT!?
A group of an estimated 200 men gather under the cover of the night, disguised as Native Americans. They plan to destroy every last bit of Britain's tea. 342 boxes worth of it.
Let's do this!
With each tea chest weighing in at nearly 215 lbs. the colonists used pulleys to pull them from the lower decks and hoist them over the edge.
Benjamin Franklin believed that the tea company should be compensated. George Washington agreed, saying that the Bostonians were crazy.
I know. The East India Company needs its money back.
Those people are mad!
The British reluctantly repealed their taxes, except for the tax on tea. It made them too much money, so tea smuggling in the colonies increased.