The Boston tea party

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Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, new tea taxes imposed by King George III’s government on its American territory in 1767 provoked an angry response among the colony’s tea traders and tea drinkers alike. When seven ships loaded with East India Company tea arrived into various American east coast ports, there was outrage.
Things came to a head in Boston where a ship called the Dartmouth had sailed in with her cargo of hated British tea. In protest at the taxes and the unreasonable controls imposed by Britain, a noisy group of locals disguised themselves as native Americans (to represent the oppression of the colonies), forced their way on board the Dartmouth brandishing axes and clubs, hacked open the tea chests and threw the entire cargo into the sea.
The History of Tea

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