How Did The Colonists Get Access To British Ships During The Boston Tea Party?
During the Boston tea party (16th December 1773), colonists or patriots got access to the British East India Company’s ships by wearing dresses like Native Americans.
While performing the task, it was imperative for the patriots to change their costumes and make faces unfamiliar; after all, they were going to perform an illegal protest.
In this case, they wore costumes like Mohawk warriors (Mohawk Is A Tribe of Native Americans).
Around 130 patriots from the Sons of Liberty organization executed the job. All of them were below forty years old; even some were teenagers.
[Did You Know? During Boston Tea Party, Within 3 Hours, American Patriots Dumped 342 Chests of British East India Company’s Tea At Boston Harbor. The Losses Value Was Around 1 Million Dollars (Present-Day Estimation)]
6 Facts About The Boston Tea Party, You May Not Know
1. While executing the Boston tea party, the Patriots were surrounded by British-armed ships. However, they made no attempt to stop the patriots. One of the participants named George Hewes mentioned the fact, later.
2. Although, around 130 men participated in the Boston tea party, but the English authority succeeded in arresting only one man. His name was Francis Akeley.
3. Did you know? Before the Boston tea party, the patriots under the leadership of Samuel Adams met Massachusetts’ Royal Governor Thomas Hutchison and requested him to return back the ships to England. However, Thomas Hutchison refused their request.
4. Leaders like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington strongly condemned the tea party event caused by Bostonians. Washington called them ‘Mad’, Benjamin Franklin even proposed to the British authority that he would pay all the compensation for the loss on behalf of the colonists.
5. Did you know? Most of the participants of the event never revealed their identities during their whole life. They were afraid of criminal charges.
6. Although, some people criticized the doing of the patriots’ group; but at the same time, the event encouraged some other colonists in the 13 colonies. Especially, in Maryland, South Carolina, and New York, patriot groups started similar resistance against the Tea Act of 1773.