On December 16, 1773 Samuel Adams organized about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group to converge on Boston Harbor disguised as Mohawk Indians and board three British ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. The group’s “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. Three ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, were boarded by the Sons Of Liberty and the Massachusetts colonists dumped 342 containers of tea into the harbor.
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