Case Study



Boston Tea Party Historical Society

Two Boston Tea Parties

On December 16, 1773 a group of Boston patriots boarded three English Ships, the Bedford, Beaver and Dartmouth, and threw the tea aboard into Boston Harbour. These patriots were disguised as Mohawk Indians and, in order to gain access to the ships, armed themselves with hatchets and axes.

In protest against the duty imposed on tea by the Government of King George III, they split open every chest and dumped each into the water.

When the first Boston Tea Party was over, three hundred forty-two chests of tea were left floating in the frigid harbor waters. In the months that followed this historic event, many other American seaports took similar action in boycotting British tea.

On March 7, 1774, at a second Boston Tea Party, 16 chests of tea from British tea merchant Davison, Newman & Co. were among those once again thrown into Boston Harbor. This was another symbolic prelude to the American War of Independence.



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

Information about Peru culture, history, Inca civilization, Machu Picchu and travel

“Abolition of slavery had been the deepest desire and the great labor of my life” - Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland...

Copyright © 2008 Boston Tea Party Historical Society
Designed by Holypark Media