While everyone knows of Paul Revere’s Ride, but fewer know of his participation in another famous act of rebellion – the Boston Tea Party. Maybe because he was in disguise.
It was on the night of December 16, 1773 that Revere, along with a crowd of fellow patriots from an organization known as The Sons of Liberty, snuck aboard three ships at Griffin’s wharf in Boston Harbor, and dumped 340 chests of tea overboard. Many were dressed as Mohawk Indians with blankets over their clothes and soot on their faces, to hide their identities. The bold and costly (for the British) act was in protest of the Tea Act, which created an uneven trading situation for the colonists and one they deeply resented.
The Tea Party marked a boiling over of resentments following years of tensions and taxes between the British empire and the American colonists. A revolution would erupt two short years later, and “no taxation without representation” would be a continuing rallying cry.
From where I sat, overlooking the Boston Tea Party Museum and its two life -sized models of the ships, things were much more peaceful and orderly. It was a winter’s day, but with surprisingly warm temperatures. I sat at a picnic table in front the Children’s Museum and watched tour groups across the water throw imitation tea boxes into the harbor each and every half hour. No one seemed very upset.