Tea has had an enourmous influence on art, literature and history. One such events went down in history as the Boston Tea Party. But this was not an American ceremony; it was an act of Patriotism that sparked the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party

Taxed Tea

Taxing imported tea was a way the British Parliament attempted to control the more and more independent North-American colonies. It was thought that the colonists rather paid taxes on their beloved beverage than not having tea at all. One tax paid would legitimate all taxes, control of British Parliament over the American colonies. “No taxation without representation!”

Colonists however found it increasingly difficult to adhere to British rule and taxation. Especially since they did not have representation in the British Parliament. On December 16, 1773 this came to a boiling climax in the Boston Harbour.

1773 “Boston Tea Party”

1773. Three tea ships arrived. More than 7,000 agitated Bostonian gathered in the Boston Harbour. Tea had become a personification of British evil, and it was attempted to send the ships back, without paying the dreaded taxes. The Collector of Customs however, insisted the taxes were paid even if the ships left again.

About 200 men, disguised as native indians, entered the ships shouting war chants and dumped 342 crates with tea bricks into the water.

Boston Harbor Closed

Local support for the action was strong, but London responded with the Intolerable Acts four months later. One of the results of this new legislation was the closure of the Boston harbour. This proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The American revolution was born.

Boston Coffee Party?

Tea=British. As such, it became an un-patriotic beverage. French and Dutch coffee merchants saw an opportunity and flooded the American market with cheap coffee beans. The US of A would become a coffee-loving nation…

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