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Andrew Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151177

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151177.001.0001

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Tea Parties

Tea Parties

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(p.41) 3 Tea Parties
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Drinking History
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Andrew F. Smith

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151177.003.0003

This chapter describes the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. On this day, Bostonians and representatives from surrounding communities gathered at the Old South Meeting House in Boston in order to decide the fate of the tea that arrived on three ships at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston Harbor a few weeks earlier. This tea had previously been taxed by the British Parliament. Although the tax was negligible, the colonists were unwilling to pay it. For the colonists, as well as for the British Parliament, the tax was a matter of principle. Later that evening, fifteen to twenty men simultaneously boarded ships that carried tea and threw the tea chests into the harbor. This simple act of defiance set in motion events that culminated sixteen months later with the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Keywords:   Boston Tea Party, protest, taxation, British Parliament, Revolutionary War

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