Skip to comments.This Day in History December 16,1773 The Boston Tea Party
Posted on 12/15/2009 6:52:56 PM PST by mdittmar
|In this photo: ORIGINAL TEA LEAVES, steeped in Boston Harbor after being dumped overboard during the Boston Tea Party of December 16th, and collected on the shores of Dorchester Neck on the morning of December 17, 1773.On loan from the collection of:Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA|
The men who dumped tea into Boston Harbor were from many different backgrounds. About one-third of them were skilled artisans such as carpenters, masons and shoemakers. A much smaller number were merchants, doctors, clerks, and the like.
The occupations of all the participants are not known, but the majority were probably apprentices and common laborers, Alongside participants of English descent were men of Irish, Scottish, French, African and Portuguese origins. The Tea Party was also the work of young people.
Two-thirds of those whose ages were known were under 20, including 16 teenagers. Only nine are known to have been 40 years old or older. Most of the men were from Boston and vicinity, but some came from as far away as Worcester and Maine. Listed below are named of patriots recorded to have been involved in the Tea Party protest. Not all of the participants are known, as some carried the secret of their participation to the end of their days.
Biographies of the participants provide interesting insights into the world of people who planned and carried out the destruction of tea. With the ultimate question, who exactly planned the protest still unanswered these stories may have the clues.
From the modern day perspective the Tea Party may seem like a powerful but a largely symbolic protest. But in heated atmosphere of anti-British struggle in Boston, participation in the event that would be regarded as treason was very dangerous. To that testifies the fact that almost all patriots fled Boston shortly there after. Some of them never returned back.
In the below list, not every participant has an extended biography, but those who do provide a truly interesting read for anyone who wants to understand the mystery of the Boston Tea Party.
|Francis Akeley (Eckley)
Seth Ingersoll Browne
John Dyar, Jr.
Edward Compton Howe
Those in the area can attend a reenactment
sponsored in part by Salada Tea.
The links on the names of the participants don’t work.
Do you perhaps remember the source for this data?
Thanks for a nice list. I am very proud of being a descendent of the Crafts family. Thomas Crafts had a brother, Edward, who was a grandfather of mine. They were both strongly involved in the Revolution. The history is fascinating.
Edward was one of Knox’s captains, fought in Bunker Hill, and his wife (this is cool) ran guns and ammo for the revolution, just like Abigail Adams in the John Adams series. After watching that series, I became convinced they probably ran in the same circles, as the description of Abigail matched what I had read about Eliot, Edward’s wife.
The Crafts fought hard for freedom, and their sons were in the War of 1812. It’s a proud heritage.
Hence, my tagline.
Our present Tea Party movement in 2009 and into 2010 will be the spark of a similar revolution to get our great nation back on the track of liberty, freedom and government that is representative, not repressive.
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