Lithograph depicting the Boston Tea Party.

Lithograph by Nathaniel Currier depicting the Boston Tea Party [Wikimedia Commons]

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

On December 16, 1773, a group of Bostonians, disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded three British ships anchored in Boston Harbor and dumped their cargoes of tea, owned by the British East India Tea Company, into the water.


The Bostonians were protesting the Tea Act of 1773, which granted the British East India Tea Company a monopoly on the importation of tea into the colonies, and reinforced the principle that the British government had the right to tax the colonies. The Boston Tea Party prompted the British government to enact a series of strict regulations, known in America as the Intolerable Acts, which further intensified the growing differences between Great Britain and the American Colonies.


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  • Article Title Boston Tea Party
  • Coverage December 16, 1773
  • Author
  • Keywords boston tea party
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 7, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 10, 2021