Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

On April 27, 1773, the House of Commons passed a Tea Act.

Upset about it, a group of Bostonians disguised themselves as Mohawks and boarded tea ships docked in Boston Harbor. On December 16, 1773 they dumped all 342 chests of tea into the water.

Britain responded with retaliatory laws which the colonials called the Intolerable Acts.

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Media Credits

The engraving, "Boston Tea Party," is by W.D. Cooper. It was published (as a plate, opposite p. 58) in the 1789 book, The History of North America (London: E. Newberry).

Courtesy, Library of Congress - John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations - image vc40.

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