Friday, December 16, 2016

1773: A little Tea Party history

Once upon a time, colonists threw tea into the water of Boston harbor:

"On this day in 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships moored in Boston Harbor and dump 342 chests of tea into the water.
Now known as the "Boston Tea Party," the midnight raid was a protest of the Tea Act of 1773, a bill enacted by the British parliament to save the faltering British East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the company to sell its tea even more cheaply than that smuggled into America by Dutch traders. 
Many colonists viewed the act as yet another example of Britain's taxation tyranny."
Our own "tea party" these days is also based on taxation and the sense that the government is out of touch with the governed.

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