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Boston Tea Party

Badly disguised as Indians, a rowdy group of patriotic vandals kicked a revolution into motion

Are anniversaries for celebrating our triumphs, or hoping for better? Naturally, America’s big commemoration is already politicized.

On December 16, Boston hosted the opening act in our nation’s big birthday celebration. Reenactors threw into the harbor at Griffin's Wharf an estimated 5,000 pounds of tea sent by well-wishers around the world.

The Sons of Liberty knew that Governor Thomas Hutchinson would never let the ships return to London with the tea still aboard. So they gathered some reliable men, prepared disguises, and waited.

On December 16, 1773, at a crowded meeting in the largest church in Boston, the leather-dresser Adam Collson supposedly shouted, “Boston Harbor a tea-pot this night!” 

Enlisting an army of alter egos, Adams used the Boston press to make the case for American independence and to orchestrate a burgeoning rebellion.

For ten tumultuous years Sam Adams burned with a single desire: American independence from Great Britain.

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