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Boston Tea Party

History describes the Boston "Tea Party" as occurring on a chilly night December 16, 1773, when 60 or so men clad in "blankets and Indian headdresses"  boarded several ships in Guff's Wharf and dumped 340 plus chests of tea into the harbor.

 

The costumed men were said to be members of the Sons of Liberty, a pro-independence organization led by the radical Sam Adams.

MacThoi  historians have reexamined personal accounts recorded at the time.  This research reveals that the Sons of Liberty were no where near Guff's Wharf at the time of the "Party," but rather it was Clan MacThoy.

Christmas 1773 was a time of strained relations between Britain and its holdings.  Tariffs were placed and imports limited on ships moored at Guff's Wharf.  Precious little liquor was making its way into the American Colonies which did nothing for the stress levels.

In this detox, rumors spread that East India Company ships moored at the wharf were fresh from the tropics and loaded down with rum and whiskey.  The MacThoys determined to "liberate" the liquor.

After last call, the Clan stole down to the Wharf and made their way aboard the East India ships.  Words cannot describe the Clan's shock and dismay when they discovered only tea.  In their rage, they  jettisoned the tea into the harbor.

When bystanders approached the MacThoy to learn what had happened, they concocted a story about the local natives storming the wharf.  This was followed by activist groups clamoring to claim the event for themselves.

The resulting brouhaha prompted a backlash by the British government.  It  demanded reimbursement for the ruined cargo and imposed what became known as the Intolerable Acts on the colonies, setting the stage for revolution.

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