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THE STORY OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY

1773, Britain passed the Tea Act. By this Act, about 17 million pounds of surplus tea (assets of the East India Company, India) was proposed to be sold in America, by under selling it. Since the tea would be sold at an extremely cheap rate by bypassing the traders, the wholesalers in America were going to be seriously affected. For this reason, the Act was fiercely resisted by the colonies. Since British tea was already being boycotted because of the heavy duties on it, the Act in America was seen as a bribe from the British Authorities. In Boston, the opposition against the Tea Act took a dramatic form. Here some men dressed as Indians boarded a ship containing tea, at the Harbor and dumped the entire consignment into the sea. This incident is known as the Boston Tea Party. While the people in Boston rejoiced, the British Parliament passed certain laws to punish the colony. They passed what the colonists popularly called the Intolerable Acts in 1774. Under these Acts, the Boston port was closed until due compensation was paid to the government (London) for the lost tea. Further, the British troops were re-stationed in the city.



 
THE MEN OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY

The men who dumped tea into Boston Harbor were from many different backgrounds. About one-third of them were skilled artisans such as carpenters, masons and shoemakers. A much smaller number were merchants, doctors, clerks, and the like. The occupations of all the participants are not known, but the majority were probably apprentices and common laborers, Alongside participants of English descent were men of Irish, Scottish, French, African and Portuguese origins. The Tea Party was also the work of young people. Two-thirds of those whose ages were known were under 20, including 16 teenagers. Only nine are known to have been 40 years old or older. Most of the men were from Boston and vincity, but some came from as far away as Worcester and Maine. Listed below are named of patriots recorded to have been involved in the Tea Party protest. Not all of the participants are known, as some carried the secret of their participation to the end of their days. Do you have a Revolutionary ancestor?



 
NATHANIEL BARBER
SAMUEL BARNARD
HENRY BASS
EDWARD BATES
THOMAS BOLTER
DAVID BRADLEE
JOSIAH BRADLEE
NATHANIEL BRADLEE
THOMAS BRADLEE
JAMES BREWER
SETH INGERSOLL BROWN
STEPHEN BRUSE
BENJAMIN BURTON
NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
GEORGE CARLTON
THOMAS CHASE
BENJAMIN CLARKE
JOHN COHRAN
GILBERT COLESWORTHY
GERSHOM COLLIER
ADAM COLLSON
JAMES FOSTER DONDY
S. COLLIDGE
SAMUEL COOPER
THOMAS CRAFTS, Jr
JOHN CRANE
THOMAS DANA
ROBERT DAVIS
EDWARD DOLBEAR
GEORGE DUTON
JOSEPH EATON
JOSEPH EAYRES
ECKLEY
BENJAMIN EDES
WILLIAM ETHERIDGE
THOMAS GERRISH
SAMUEL GORE
MOSES GRANT
NATHIEL GREENE
SAMUEL HAMMOND
WILLIAM HENDLEY
GEORGE T. HEWES
JOHN HICKS
SAMUEL HOBBS
JOHN HOOTEN
SAMUEL HOWARD
EDWARD C. HOWE
JONATHAN HUNNEWELL
RICHARD HUNNEWELL
RICHARD HUNNEWELL, JR
THOMAS HUNSTABLE
ABRAHAM HUNT
DANIEL INGERSOLL
DANIEL INGOLDSON
DAVID KINNISON
JOSEPH LEE
AMOS LINCOLN
MATHEW LORING
JOSEPH LOVERING
THOMAS MACHIN
EBENEZER MACKINTOSH*
ARCHIBALD MACNEIL
MARTIN
THOMPSON MAXWELL
JOHN MAY
MEAD
THOMAS MELVILL
WILLIAM MOLINEUX
THOMAS MOORE
ANTHONY MORSE
JOSEPH MOUNTFORD
ELIPHALET NEWELL
JOSEPH PALMER
JONATHAN PARKER
JOSEPH PAYSON
SAMUEL PECK
JOHN PETERS
WILLIAM PIERCE
LENDELL PITTS
SAMUEL PITTS
THOMAS PORTER
HENRY PRENTISS
JOHN PRINCE
EDWARD PROCTOR
HENRY PURKITT
JOHN RANDALL
PAUL REVERE
BENJAMIN RICE
JOSEPH ROBY
JOHN RUSSELL*
WILLIAM RUSSELL*
ROBERT SESSIONS
JOSEPH SHED
BENJAMIN SIMPSON
PETER SLATER
SAMUEL SLOPER
THOMAS SPEAR
SAMUEL SPRAGUE
JOHN SPUR
JAMES STARR
PHINEAS STEARNS
EBENEZER STEVENS
ELISHA STORY
JAMES SWAN
ABE TOWER
JOHN TRUMAN
THOMAS URANN
JOSIAH WHEELER
THOMAS WHITE
DAVID WILLIAMS
ISAAC WILLIAMS
JER. WILLIAMS
TOM WILLIAMS
NATHANIEL WILLIS
JOSHUA WYETH*
THOMAS YOUNG



 
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THE WAY OF TEA

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No taxation without representation!



 
Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party

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Author: Marc Kornblatt
Illustrator: Ernie Colón
First Published: September, 1987
ISBN: 0-553-15529-6
Length: 80 pages (plus instructions and data)
Number of Endings: 1
Plot Summary: Your mission is to visit the Boston Tea Party and retrieve one of the tomahawks used during the event.




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