Boston Tea Party Facts

First, I want to start saying that I am not an expert on this subject. In case if you think I am. The information I am sharing with you today is from a trip I went on a couple of days ago. I already mentioned in my earlier post that I am in Boston, Massachusetts right now. Therefore, I visited the Boston tea party ships and the museum. I have to say I had a pleasant time and I learned much valuable information that worth sharing with you.

“The destruction of the tea.”

The Boston tea party was a political protest against Britain rule by colonist in December 1773 at Boston Harbor. Colonists did not have voting right in the British Parliament, and the parliament imposed taxation on any goods at any time. One of them was a tea act. The parliament imposed taxation on tea to provide financial aid to East Indian Company by giving them a monopoly on all tea exported to the colonies and a tax exemption on the export. This act made colonist upset, and they dumped 342 chests of tea that sent by the British government into the Boston Harbor. In the beginning, the event called“the destruction of the tea” for a long time; then it took the name of the Boston tea party.

I want to mention something interesting before I go into my facts. The ship visit is like a role play, and you will be taking a part of the event when you visit.  I mean it is great if you think about it. You get to play in the actual event as one of the Protestants. My character was fascinating; I was John Crane, apparently the guy who got knocked unconscious by a falling tea crate in the hold of a ship. Other protestors thought he was dead and wrapped him in a rug and hide him in the nearby carpenter shop. He woke up hours later and reported that he was the only man who got harmed in the Boston Tea Party movement. Luckily I did not have to demonstrate the accident part. That was a cool experience.

Boston tea party facts:

  • The protest organized by a group of patriots, called the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams.
  • The number of American patriots is not certain still today, but they mentioned during the play that there were three tea ships and approximately 30-40 men dumped the tea cranes from each boat.
  • The participants did not get any punishment because they managed to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians during the protest, and stayed anonymous for a long time.
  • The ships names were the Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor.
  • Before the Boston tea party protest, approximately 500 households stopped drinking tea and instead they made different kinds of herbs teas at their home.
  • There were few women amongst protesters, and they remain still anonymous.
  • It was an expensive protest, 92,000 pounds of tea dumped in the Boston harbor, and as a result, Britain closed the harper and demanded payment.

What happened after the Boston tea party?

  • The Boston Tea Port Act passed, and the port of Boston was closed until the damages from an event fully paid. Benjamin Franklin was a wealthy man, he offered to pay for the tea but the British government rejected it, and the damaged tea never paid.
  • Massachusetts Government Act passed to place a significant limit on town meetings. British took control out of the colonies hands.
  • Quartering Act passed for British soldiers in colonies stated that the colonist must provide home and feed the soldiers who came and asked to stay.
  • Administration of Justice Act passed for any British soldier who arrested must be sent to England for a fair trial.
  • The Quebec Act passed to change the Canadian border. It extended the providence of Quebec all the way South to the Ohio River.
  • In response to all those acts that passed by the British government, the colonies protested and coordinated resistance that leads American Revolution which began in Massachusetts in 1775.
  • The Boston tea party was the first and the most expensive amongst others that leads us to the Revolution.


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  1. Bree | 21st Jan 19

    I actually never read up on this much in the past and did not know half of this! Thanks for sharing – its always good to learn more about history.

  2. Sydney | 22nd Jan 19

    This is a great write up! I like how you’ve broken the facts down so they’re easier to read and understand. It’s so much easier to learn about something from history when it’s condensed in a short blog post 🙂

  3. Folabest | 22nd Jan 19

    Thanks for sharing this its such an informative post.

  4. Nancy Johnson Horn | 22nd Jan 19

    I love Boston! There is so much to see and so much history to learn about! I hope you’re having a blast!

  5. Geraline Batarra | 22nd Jan 19

    Wow, that was such an expensive tea party. I never knew these facts before. It was surprising!

  6. Surekha Bus | 22nd Jan 19

    I’m sure you had a lot of fun! I heard that this is also one of the most expensive, but its worth it!

  7. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo | 22nd Jan 19

    I’m a museum geek, and I make it a point to visit one whenever I travel abroad or visit a new state. It’s stories like these that draw me to museums – historical facts that I never knew before, side stories of historical events that are not written in the books. 🙂

  8. Taryn | 22nd Jan 19

    Boston is a great city with so much history. This post reveals very interesting facts about the Boston Tea Party that I never knew. How fascinating!

  9. Erica ~ Erica Ever After | 22nd Jan 19

    I remember learning about that in school but to be honest I couldn’t tell you a single fact about the Boston Tea Party other than it was in response to taxation on tea. I learned a lot here today.

  10. Angela Ricardo Bethea | 22nd Jan 19

    Never heard of this before but this looks pretty interesting. I am glad you shared some facts about it!

  11. Christa | 23rd Jan 19

    I loved this little slice of history. I used to live in Boston and tried to see a lot of the sights while I was there. It’s my favorite way to learn!

  12. Megan | 23rd Jan 19

    I haven’t learned a lot about the Boston tea party, so I really appreciate this little lesson! Thanks so much.

  13. Lauren | 23rd Jan 19

    Thank you for the facts – it’s a good refresher for me and I learned some new things. I really want to travel and see more of the east coast – so much history.

  14. Stephanie Jeannot | 23rd Jan 19

    Oh my goodness. That’s so different as seems like it would be an interesting interactive exhibit.

  15. Emmeline | 23rd Jan 19

    Thanks for this informative post! I know far too little about the Boston tea party, could really use a museum visit to learn some more…

  16. Elizabeth O | 23rd Jan 19

    Well, I have not been there but the information you shared through your article is very appreciable. I wasn’t aware of those facts. thanks for sharing this.

  17. Preet | 23rd Jan 19

    Such a great introduction on history about Boston tea party. Never heard of this one but it sounds like very interesting.

  18. Woodeline | 23rd Jan 19

    I enjoyed reading every sentence on this blog post. This was very informative.

  19. Bindu Thomas | 26th Jan 19

    This is such a great informative post! I have never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing this information.

  20. Pedro | 26th Jan 19

    I had no idea of the Boston Tea Party until you shared these fascinating facts. Obviously Boston bring workday class city with world class universities makes it even more interesting. Thanks for enlightening us.

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