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Seen 4 The final straw
Seen 5 the secret plan
Seen 6 the destruction of the tea
On the morning of Thursday, December 16, the day before the deadline for payment of the tax on the Dartmouth’s tea was due, thousands from all over Massachusetts gathered in Boston. They gathered in the streets, at Griffin’s Wharf. SEEN 5
Reports from the time describe the participants as dressed as Mohawks or Narragansett Indians. The disguise was more symbolic in nature; they knew they would be recognized as non-Indians. They were not dressed as Indians in the classic sense with headdresses and full authentic regalia; rather they wore wool blankets matchcoat style, painted their faces with soot, and employed other modes of dress commonly . SEEN 6
Nothing was stolen or looted from the ships, not even the tea. One participant tried to steal some tea but was reprimanded and stopped. The Sons of Liberty were very careful about how the action was carried out and made sure nothing besides the tea was damaged. After the destruction of the tea, the participants swept the decks of the ships clean and anything that was moved was put back in its proper place. SEEN 7
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