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Boston Tea Party ship and museum–see where it all began

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Relive the cause and effect and remember the sacrifice that was made in order to get a country “started against greater odds than a more generous God would allow*”.

December 16, 1773–a cold a frigid night

You are there on that frigid evening in December 1773. On that night, as every child has memorized, a group of Boston citizens would dump 342 chest of English tea into Boston harbor. The American patriots were re-acting from anger over the tax placed on tea the British king had imposed on them. In 1767 the English government passed a revenue act, named after Charles Townshend–a leading Member of Parliament. This placed a duty on such items as glass, paper, printing material and tea. Eventually the Sons of Liberty got all, except the tax on tea, repealed. The thinking by King George was that the 13 colonies were subject to the British crown and must be taxed in some way to keep them in line. The colonist reasoned differently however; since the British crown was an ocean away and the community of Americans had no representation in England it was unfair to have to support them.

No Taxation without Representation became the colonists battle cry and the Sons of Liberty its flag waver.

Samuel Adams assisted in forming the Sons of Liberty and the committee of correspondence in answer to this increasing crisis with the crown. On December 16, 1773 their action finally reached a point of no return. This date of course, is the famous Boston Tea Party. The Bostonians, dressed as Mohawk Indians threw an estimated £9,000 of tea into Boston harbor. You may now relive these moments at the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum. Come aboard the very tiny ship, Beaver where you get to actually toss a mock tea chest into the waters at Boston Harbor. After taking the tour of the ship venture inside one of the most fascinating museums in the country. You can see one of two authentic tea chests (the other is in the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC) that have been found from the famous tea party. Witness Samuel Adams debate the fight for independence. Hear the story of two women-one pro-English and the other a pro-American. Finally watch a film that tells the story of our fight and struggle to break free from mother England.

Come and experience the fight for independence… begin your journey at the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum-located at the Congress Street bridge.

*Quote taken from the film 1776

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