Boston, Massachusetts has long held a rich history and reputation as being the starting point of the American Revolution. It is a city steeped in legends, uprisings and tenacious patriotism. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum located on the Waterfront in Boston is home to amazing and wondrous artifacts, most donated by native Bostonians, which without, the history of this truly American city would surely be dismissed as just stories of heroes and righteous revolutions.
In 1773, when the early colonies of the America’s were experiencing growing pains and separation anxiety from the Parliament of Britain and its rule, the beginnings of our own political parties were just starting to solidify enough to be identified by what we recognize them for in 2014.
The forward thinkers of the era, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine and Paul Revere were increasingly resentful of Parliament for the tight grip it insisted on keeping within the colonies.
The matters of merchants and taxation were right at the helm of underlying frustrations that even Parliament itself could feel the tension festering and getting ready to manifest.
These frustrations finally resulted in a revolt of Parliament when, in an effort to regain control of the American colonies, Great Britain ordered the shutdown of the merchant waterways and placed cease and desist mandates on all trade within the colonies. Not only did this cause irreparable losses for the colonies, it gave Britain’s merchant company, The East India Trading Company a near monopolization of the tea industry. The final attempt at gaining cooperation from the colonies by making them pay a steep Tea Tax was the breaking point and what followed was a complete boycott of all ships within the merchant waterways carrying tea. In December of 1773, in order to gain access aboard the British ships to dispose of the tea, the Sons of Liberty dressed in fake Mohawks and played the part of the Indians while managing to commandeer the ships and began to throw all of the tea into the Boston Harbor as a way of making sure no taxes would be spent towards the Trading Company.
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; located at 306 Congress Street Boston, offers a look into the period with a clarity and accuracy that makes the experience of watching the reenactment as close to being there as one can get. The Museum offers two shows per day Monday through Friday. One show at 10a.m. and one show at 4:00p.m.
Tickets are sold on site as well as on the Museum’s website. With the online purchase there is savings of $2.50. If you are a resident of Massachusetts, if one ticket is purchased, the other is free. They also offer package deals are offered by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum which include some neighboring historical landmarks and a free fake Mohawk to don as the tea is getting thrown into the harbor. With a rate $31 for adults and $16 for child, this is an affordable outing for the entire family to enjoy.