The Boston Tea Party took place this day, Dec. 16, 1773, just three years after the Boston Massacre, where the British fired into a crowd, killing many. The unbearable taxes of the British resulted in a band of citizens, disguised as Indians, throwing 342 chests of tea from a British East India Company ship into the Boston Harbor. The men of Marlborough, Mass., declared: “Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their … liberties.”

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