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Boston Tea Party turns 250 years old with reenactments of the revolutionary protest

Dec 16, 2023, 3:00 PM | Updated: Jan 12, 2024, 1:57 pm

visitors to the Boston Tea Party Museum throw replicas of historic tea containers into Boston Harbo...

FILE-In this Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 photo, visitors to the Boston Tea Party Museum throw replicas of historic tea containers into Boston Harbor from aboard a replica of the vessel Beaver, in Boston. Patriotic mobs and harbor tea dumping are returning to Boston on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, as the city marks the 250th anniversary of the revolutionary protest that preceded America’s independence. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, files)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, files)

BOSTON (AP) — Patriotic mobs and harbor tea-dumping returned to Boston on Saturday as the city marked the 250th anniversary of the revolutionary protest that preceded America’s independence.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773, is depicted in an undated engraving.

FILE-The Boston Tea Party of 1773, is depicted in an undated engraving. Bostonians dressed as Indians dumped 342 chests of tea overboard from three British ships in protest against “taxation without representation.” Patriotic mobs and harbor tea dumping are returning to Boston on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 as the city marks the 250th anniversary of the revolutionary protest that preceded America’s independence. (AP Photo)

The commemoration of the Boston Tea Party included scheduled reenactments of the throwing of tea leaves into the city’s harbor and community meetings that preceded the defiant act on Dec. 16, 1773. City officials were expecting thousands of visitors for the celebration.

Tea for the reenactment was being supplied by the East India Co., the same British company that was at the center of the raucous dispute.

Protesting “taxation without representation,” members of the Sons of Liberty and others boarded East India Co. ships and dumped their valuable haul — some 92,000 pounds of tea worth nearly $2 million today — into the murky waters of Boston Harbor.

The British would respond with military rule and other sanctions on Massachusetts, stoking American opposition to colonial rule.

The Tea Party is considered a pivotal event leading the Revolutionary War.

A letter from John Hancock dated April 18, 1776, is seen in this photo provided by The Raab Collection.

A letter from John Hancock dated April 18, 1776, is seen in this photo provided by The Raab Collection. Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who helped stoke outrage at the British, is being remembered as the United States commemorates the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. (Photo by The Raab Collection via AP)

“It’s a reminder for all of us, not just here in the United States but all over the world, that democracy is in action: Doing what’s right, no matter the odds, for our friends, our families, our homes, our future,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said at a news conference Friday previewing the anniversary.

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Boston Tea Party turns 250 years old with reenactments of the revolutionary protest