In the 18th century Britain and America went to war over an argument as to what was the correct way to brew tea – in a cup, a pot, or a harbor.
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Not really. The Boston Tea Party was a political protest against the British government and King George III.
In December 1773, a group of protesters, fed up with being taxed by the British thousands of miles away, disguised themselves as native Americans and boarded some British cargo ships in Boston harbor. They threw the ship”s cargo, tea, into the sea.
This poem by Paul Perro tells the story in a way that is fun, and easy for children to understand. If, after reading the poem, you would like to know more, please scroll down to the bottom of the page for lots of interesting facts.
The Boston Tea Party
Sammy lived in Boston.And he loved to drink tea.But one day something happenedThat made him angry.A king in a faraway land said”From now on every timeSomeone drinks a cup of teaThey must give me a dime.”This did not seem fair to Sammy.The king lived so far awayWhy should he care what Sammy drank?And why should Sammy pay?Lots of people agreed with SammyThere was a lot of frustration.People made speeches with long clever wordsLike “taxation” and “representation.”So Sammy got some friends togetherAnd the rebellion began.They knew where the king kept his teaAnd they came up with a plan.Sammy was a little worriedThat they’d be recognised.So they dressed up as red IndiansAnd then went out disguised.The tea was kept on three shipsDocked in the harbourThe ships were called “The Dartmouth” “The Beaver” and “The Eleanor.” They climbed aboard the Dartmouth firstAnd quickly found the tea. They found hundreds of boxesAnd threw them in the sea.
Next they boarded the BeaverAnd found where the tea was stored. Just like they had done before, They threw it overboard. Then they moved to the EleanorAnd did the same thing there. They spoiled all the king’s teaBecause he’d been unfair. They hadn’t wanted to steal the teaBecause stealing things is wrong. They’d wanted to teach the king a lessonThat was the plan all along. The next day everyone was talkingAbout the tea that Sammy had sunk.They called it the Boston Tea PartyEven though no tea had been drunk.
Facts about the Boston Tea Party
The events took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 16, 1773.The protestors were led by Samuel Adams, and included Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock. They called themselves The Sons of Liberty, and they objected to being ruled by the British and having to pay them tax.In particular, they were angry about the Tea Act, that gave gave an unfair trading advantage to a British company.A large group of them (perhaps a hundred or so) disguised themselves as Mohawk Native Americans, and went on board 3 British cargo ships that were in the harbour. They threw the cargo (tea) into the sea.342 crates full of tea were dumped overboard.The protest did not especially hurt the British, but it was symbolic. It encouraged other Americans to stand up to the British, and it was was a very important step on the way to the War of Independence.This was one of the key events which led up to the American Revolution, and independence.
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