Celebrating 17 years

Events (page 2)

The Boston Tea Party

A law imposing higher taxes on tea imported into the colonies was passed by the English Parliament in 1767. The citizens of Boston sent a series of resolutions to the King denouncing the increase. Years passed but the resolutions went unanswered.

In December of 1773 Boston had been seething with excitement with the impending arrival of the Dartmouth bringing its cargo of tea. The town was plastered with posters urging citizens “to rise against tyranny.” Numerous public meetings were held advocating resistance in allowing tea to enter Boston. Finally the Dartmouth reached the port of Boston with its cargo of tea. Shortly thereafter two other tea-ships arrived alongside the Dartmouth at Griffin’s Wharf.

It was a cold moonlit evening on December 16. At a public meeting opposing the tax — the ‘Mohawks,’ as the anti-tax citizens were called — were ready for action. A man in the assemblage painted and dressed like an Indian gave a loud war-hoop which was answered by others in the meeting. Instantly the crowd rushed to Griffin’s Wharf. The ‘Mohawks’ ran to the pier, raiding the ships.

Within three hours 342 chests of tea were burst open and their contents emptied into the bay. Sixty men were involved, many of whom were not disguised. There was no disorder or shouting, and when the Mohawks concluded their operations, the men separated to their homes. Because of ‘The Boston Tea Party,’ several of the other colonies prohibited the landing of tea and the cargoes made to return home.

With these daring acts of defiance, the mutterings of war grew louder throughout the land.

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