Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

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  • Dump the tea!
  • I say dump the tea! Make them pay for it!
  • This tax violates our rights!! We will not pay it nor accept any of their tea!
  • Dump the tea!
  • To the Ships!
  • Drink that, Britain!
  • After the Tea Act was passed, over 5,000 met at the Old South Meeting House to discuss what to do about it. It was decided that the tea would not be accepted, nor would they pay any tax. Some, however, felt something more extreme was needed, so the Boston Tea Party was organized by the Sons of Liberty.
  • At nightfall on December 16, 1773, a group of colonists (most likely gathered by the Sons of Liberty) converged on the docks at Boston Harbor disguised as Mohawk Indians entered the cargo holds of three ships carrying tea.
  • One by one, the colonists on the ship dumped 340 crates of tea from three ships over three hours. As the night went on, crowds of colonists gathered, cheering. This was a turning point for the colonists, when they proved to England that they would fight the tyranny and stand up for their rights.
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