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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Tea Party!

This Day in History: December 16, 1773

Throughout American history is story after story, event after event, that helped shape our nation. Many defining moments are embedded, so engrained, that they make us who we are in a land of innumerable freedoms. It must always be remembered that those freedoms came at a high price...a price of sacrifice.

Boston Tea Party

The Year - 1773
The Place - Boston, Massachusetts
The Event - Boston Tea Party

America's FIGHT for FREEDOM!

Amid freezing December temperatures, attentions were elsewhere rather than on Christmas gatherings around the fireplace and times of good cheer. With act after act plaguing the American colonists, it is no wonder The Tea Act became the catalyst of the Boston Tea Party. Disguising themselves as Mohawk Indians, a group of Sons of Liberty boarded three ships moored in Boston Harbor. The result: 92,000 pounds of British East India Company tea was dumped into the water. Understand this was not your ordinary tea party. . .

Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party
An iconic event recorded in American history
reflects Boston's refusal to return shiploads
of taxed tea to Britain. Colonists boarded the ships
destroying the tea by throwing it into the Boston Harbor.

“A crumpet with your tea?”
Not the question, nor a social party
When three shiploads of tea
Were dumped freely into Boston harbor
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So unbearable
Were the acts of that day!
Parliament’s Tea Act
Left people in dismay 

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“Good,” the British said
“Colonists would rather pay a fee
Than deny themselves
 The pleasure of a cup of tea”
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More and more irritated
The Sons of Liberty became
Something had to be done
Things could not remain the same
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Repeatedly, constantly voices yelled
Much like a bell as it chimes
No taxation without representation”
Became catchphrase of the times
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Crown’s attempt to tax tea
Impelled the colonists to take action
Laying the groundwork
For the American Revolution
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Thinly disguised as Indians, hatchets in hand
Following the orders of Leonard Pitt
“The fuse that led directly to the explosion
Of American independence was lit!”

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Sharla Lee Shults