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Boston Tea Party Historical Society

The Destruction of Tea in Numbers and Facts

The Boston Tea Party occurred on Thursday, December 16, 1773, and took 3 hours between 7 and 10 PM

90,000 lbs (45 tons) of tea in 342 containers was thrown overboard

116 people participated in the destruction of tea

Each full container had a weight of 400 pounds. Half-containers were 100 pounds each

The destroyed tea was worth an estimated £10,000. In today’s money this would be approximately equal to a million dollars

More than 5000 people showed up for the meeting in the Old South Meeting house

The names of the three B.T.P. ships were Dartmouth, Eleanor and Beaver

The Tea Party occurred at the Griffin’s Wharf in Boston that no longer exists due to landfills that occurred in 19th century



Numbers and Facts


Student Essays

The Location

The Ships

Origin of the Tea


Printable Poster

Samuel Adams Biography

Picture Galleries


Top 10 preceding historic events

Triangular trade in the colonies

Tea Party reenactment script

The Tea Act of 1773

Debate Arguments for the British

The Actual Tea Chest

The Ballad

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