American colonists protesting against the Tea Act threw 342 chests of tea belonging to the East India Company into Boston harbour. This act of rebellion provoked “the Intolerable Acts” of 1774.
Editors. "Boston Tea Party". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2007
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