The Boston Tea Party

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What was the Boston Tea Party?

In 1771, a group of colonists protest thirteen years of increasing British oppression, by attacking merchant ships in Boston Harbor. In retaliation, the British close the port, and inflict even harsher penalties.

Who Organized the Boston Tea Party?

The Boston Tea Party was organized and carried out by a group of patriots led by Samuel Adams known as the Sons of Liberty. The sons of liberty were made up of males from all walks of colonial society.

Quick Facts

It took nearly three hours for more than 100 colonists to empty the tea into the Boston Harbor. The chests held more than 90,000 lbs of tea, which would cost over $1,000,000 today

Result of the Boston Tea Party

For weeks after the Boston Tea Party, the tea dumped into the harbor began to smell. As a result, the Harbor was closed until all of the chests of tea were payed for.