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Boston Tea Party

noun, American History.
a raid on three British ships in Boston Harbor (December 16, 1773) in which Boston colonists, disguised as Indians, threw the contents of several hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest against British taxes on tea and against the monopoly granted the East India Company.
Origin of Boston Tea Party
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
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  • Now, next,” she said, “do you know what the Boston Tea Party was?

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  • Grandfather here described the affair, which is known by the name of the Boston Tea Party.

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  • The boys met with the spirit of the Boston Tea Party, resolved to defend their liberties and assert their independence.

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British Dictionary definitions for Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

(US, history) a raid in 1773 made by citizens of Boston (disguised as Indians) on three British ships in the harbour as a protest against taxes on tea and the monopoly given to the East India Company. The contents of several hundred chests of tea were dumped into the harbour
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Word Origin and History for Boston Tea Party

Boston tea party

took place on Dec. 16, 1773; seems to have been so-called by 1824. See tea party.

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Boston Tea Party in Culture

Boston Tea Party definition

An act of defiance toward the British government by American colonists; it took place in 1773, before the Revolutionary War. The government in London had given a British company the right to sell tea directly to the colonies, thereby undercutting American merchants. A group of colonists found a ship in the harbor of Boston that was loaded with the company's tea. They dressed as Native Americans, boarded the ship, and threw hundreds of chests of tea overboard. The British government then tried to punish the colonists by closing the port of Boston, but this move only intensified American resistance to the rule of the king.

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