Friday, December 16, 2011
Today marks the 238th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, as I discovered via a retweet by @LoreleiAmI. The original tweet came from Michelle Malkin, who linked to an article by Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum. On their site, this history lesson is found:
On the winter night of Thursday, December 16, 1773 the “tea crisis” in Boston came to a head. Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians were armed with an assortment of axes. They quietly boarded three ships carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea moored at Griffin’s Wharf. In a span of three hours, 342 chests of British East India Company tea were smashed and dumped into Boston Harbor. Over 92,000 pounds of tea were destroyed and thrown into the harbor. The implication and impact of the Boston Tea Party were enormous; the event directly led to the sparking of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.
Learn more about the Boston Tea Party at the the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum website.
In October of 2010, Governor Palin referred to partying like 1773. The left rejoiced at what they thought was a lack of historical knowledge on her part, revealing in the process their own knowledge gap.
Happy anniversary, Tea Party. Onward and upward.