Let every man do his duty, and be true to his country! They have taxed our tea! We need to do something!
Getting Ready for the Siege
Throw the tea overboard!
It's time for us to join together and be the Son's of Liberty! We are to revolt for what they have done to us!
What is to be done with the tea?
THROW ALL OF THE TEA OVERBOARD!
This meeting was the first to discuss the tea crisis which occurred on November 29, 1773. Two groups that were both under the leadership of Samuel Adams, the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Sons of Liberty, organized the meeting at the Old South House. It is said that around 5000 or 6000 people came to this meeting. They came to the conclusion that they would stand guard at Griffin's Wharf to prevent tea being unloaded from the Dartmouth by the British East India Company.
As the time came closer for the tax to be paid for the boycott of the Dartmouth's tea another meeting was planned to be held on December 14, 1773. The Sons of Liberty had planned a course of action if the tea act could not be dealt with peacefully through negotiations. After a pamphlet was distributed throughout Boston that had the details of their next meeting, thousands of people from Boston and other towns at the Old South House. As the payments for the tea tax were due very soon, they chose that they would raid the Boston harbor and throw tea into the water.
Since the arrival of the Dartmouth, the Sons of Liberty had been planning a last resort to prevent the unloading of the British East India Company if all else failed. As their meeting at the Old South House came to an end it was a signal for the Sons of Liberty to carry out their plan. With war whoops, members of the Sons of Liberty dressed as Indians. The reason that they wore Indian clothing was to express that they considered themselves as Americans and not British subjects.