A group of Patriots led by Samuel Adams known as the Sons of Liberty who called themselves the Mohawk Indians. They included artisans, craftsmen, business owners, tradesmen, apprentices, and common laborers who organized to defend their rights, and to protest and weaken British rule. John Adams, John Hancock, James Otis, Josiah Quincy, Paul Revere, and Dr. Joseph Warren were all the famous people that were involved in the Sons of Liberty.


The Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Mohawk or Narragansett Indians representing themselves as Americans and no longer British subjects. They started a riot or a protest with hundreds of other participants. They boarded three of the British ships and they threw 342 cases of tea that had been imported from China, overboard into the Boston harbor.
On December 16, 1773
Griffin’s Warf in Boston

The Boston Tea Party happened as a result of “taxation without representation”. In Britain the East Indian Tea Company were going bankrupt because of the French and Indian War so they realized they could make a bunch of money taxing the American Colonies since by the time of the Boston Tea Party, it has been estimated American colonists drank approximately 1.2 million pounds of tea each year and tea was originally imported in the American Colonies. They got mad because they were being taxed without getting any benefit from the government, which made them mad which led them to lead the rebellion. 

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