One of those historical events you’re taught about from an early age, the Boston Tea Party, occurred today some 236 years ago in 1773. Both symbolic and epic, the Boston Tea Party is often thought of as the event leading to the culmination of the Revolutionary War. There’s nothing like George Hewes’ first-hand account of the Boston Tea Party and a couple of tea tunes to celebrate some good ole’ fashioned rebellion:
“In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.
…The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable.”