December 18, 2006

The most famous tea party

Note: This post was edited on Jan. 20, 2007. Hotlinked image(s) were removed. Follow the link(s) to the image location(s).

The most famous "tea party" was an American protest of "taxation without representation" embodied in two British acts - the Stamp Act of 1765 (repealed in 1776) and the Tea Act of 1773. The siezure and destruction of tea onboard three ships - Dartmouth, Eleanor, and Beaver - took place on Thursday, December 16, 1773. The Library of Congress has an excellent timeline of the American Revolution inclduing the Tea Party.

Francis Samuel Drake's collection of letters and other documents on the East India tea trade was published in 1884 as Tea Leaves. Two images from the book can be found by following these links:

Destruction of the tea in Boston Harbor 1778
Lord North forcing tea down the throat of America

Historical information about the Boston Tea Party can be found on the Boston 1775 blog. Another resource is available online through The Boston Tea Party Historical Society website. The site features contemporary photographs of the site of the historic event (Griffin's Wharf) as well as the tea company (Davison, Newman & Co.) that lost its cargo that fateful day.

Americans throwing the Cargoes of the Tea Ships into the River, at Boston
A reported 342 chests of tea were thrown into the harbor.
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A Society of Patriotic Ladies at Edenton in North Carolina
This is a satirical drawing produced in England mocking the American boycott of British products and abstinence from tea drinking.
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  1. A most timely post, considering the date, and also that the tea I was drinking this morning (organic bohea lapsong)claims to be one of the varieties of tea tossed overboard. It's fun when things come together like that. :-)

  2. Jaime,

    Right you are about the significance of the post - 2 days and 233 years later. I browsed Tea on Tap and will link to you - thanks for linking to Notes on Tea. Also, how wonderful that you have the triniTEA maker!


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