Discover Your Connection to an Iconic American Moment
On December 16, 1773, members of the revolutionary group the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, destroyed an entire shipment of tea from the British East India Company. This was done in protest of the Tea Act of May 10 of that year, which enforced the unpopular Townshend Acts—a series of laws which allowed England to tax the Colonies without fair representation in Parliament. Protesters cast chests of tea into Boston Harbor, an act of defiance which helped spark the Revolutionary War and has left an indelible mark upon American history.
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Guides, Articles & More
Carp, Benjamin L. Defiance of the Patriots: the Boston Tea Party & the Making of America. View Catalog
Di Spigna, Christian. Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero. View Catalog
Fischer, David Hackett. Paul Revere’s Ride. View Catalog
Griswold, Wesley S. The Night the Revolution Began: the Boston Tea Party, 1773. View Catalog
Labaree, Benjamin Woods. The Boston Tea Party, 1773: Catalyst for Revolution. View Catalog
Nathan, Gavin R. Historic Taverns of Boston: 370 Years of Tavern History in One Definitive Guide. View Catalo
Robert J. Allison. The Boston Tea Party. View Catalog
Schlesinger, Arthur M. The Colonial Merchants and the American Revolution, 1763-1776. View Catalog
Tyler, John W. Smugglers and Patriots: Boston Merchants and the Advent of the American Revolution. View Catalog
Young, Alfred F. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution. View Catalog
From the Archives
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Hawkes, James. A retrospect of the Boston tea-party : with a memoir of George R. T. Hewes, a survivor of the little band of patriots who drowned the tea in Boston harbour in 1773 / By a citizen of New-York... New-York S. S. Bliss, printer, 1834. https://library.nehgs.org/record=b1074743
Tea leaves: being a collection of letters and documents relating to the shipment of tea to the American colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company. Now first printed from the original manuscript. With an introduction, notes, and biographical notices of the Boston Tea Party, by Francis S. Drake. Boston, A.O. Crane, 1884. https://library.nehgs.org/record=b1083964
Wall, Caleb A. The historic Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773 : Its men and objects: incidents leading to, accompanying, and following the throwing overboard of the tea. Including a short account of the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. With patriotic lessons therefrom adapted to the present time. Worcester, Mass.: Press of F.S. Blanchard, 1896. https://library.nehgs.org/record=b1074718
Thatcher, B. B. Traits of the tea party : being a memoir of George R.T. Hewes, one of the last of its survivors : with a history of that transaction, reminiscences of the massacre, and the siege, and other stories of old times / by a Bostonian. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1835. https://library.nehgs.org/record=b1074742