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Definition: Angry and frustrated at a new tax on tea, American colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Native Americans boarded three British ships (the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver) and dumped 342 whole crates of British tea into Boston harbor on December 16, 1773. Similar incidents occurred in Maryland, New York, and New Jersey in the next few months, and tea was eventually boycotted throughout the colonies.

Related Resources:
The Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party was an amusing and symbolic episode in American history, an example of how far Americans were willing to go to speak out for their freedom.

Colonial Times
An examination of life in the 18th Century and how it led to the Revolution.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Boston Tea Party
Read for yourself the details of this famous event in American history.

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Check it out! The museum has a full-size replica of a British ship from the period, as well as lots of information on the why, the how, and what happened of the Tea Party.

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