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The Boston Tea Party

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Definition of the Boston Tea Party

The Meaning and Definition of the Boston Tea Party 1773: The Boston Tea Party was a pre-revolutionary incident that occurred on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a direct protest by colonists in Boston against the Tea Tax that had been imposed by the British government.

Boston patriots, dressed as Mohawk Indians, raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped 342 containers of tea into the harbor.

The Boston Tea Party arose from the resentment of Boston colonists towards the British which had been fuelled by protest activities by patriots in the Sons of Liberty organization.

Fast Facts & FAQ's about the Boston Tea Party
These are some fast facts and FAQ's about the Boston Tea Party 1773:

  • Who organized the Boston Tea Party? The Sons of Liberty
  • When did the Boston Tea Party happen? Thurs December 16, 1773
  • Where was the Boston Tea Party? Griffin’s Wharf, Boston Harbor
  • How many people participated in the Boston Tea Party? 180+
  • How many ships were involved in the Boston Tea Party? Three
  • What were the names of the ships? Dartmouth, Beaver and Eleanor
  • Where did the tea come from? China (not India!)
  • Why were the patriots disguised as Indians at the Boston Tea Party? To protect their identity
  • How many chests of tea were destroyed at the Boston Tea Party? 342
  • Who were the leaders of the patriots in Boston? Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere
  • Who opposed the Boston patriots at the Boston Tea Party? Loyalists led by Governor Thomas Hutchinson

The Significance of Boston Tea Party - History of the American Revolutionary War
The constant stream of new laws and taxes demanded by the British parliament was like a slow burning fuse to a keg of dynamite that would explode into the American Revolutionary War.

  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord followed the Boston Tea Party and were fought on April 19, 1775. They were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War
  • In January of 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published the 50 page pamphlet entitled Common Sense which supported America's independence from Great Britain and its monarchy
  • The National government emerged from the Continental Congress. The Continental Army was created and George Washington was appointed as its commander in chief

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