December 16 - 1773 - The Boston Tea Party
In American cultural memory, the Boston Tea Party was a signal event in the lead up to independence and revolution. At the time, it was a strange act undertaken a few people in Boston who were fed up with the taxation policies of the Parliament of Great Britain. Specifically, they hated having no representation in Parliament, and the colonists believed that many of the taxes placed on imports, especially tea, were targeted against Americans. Many British politicians thought this was a bit rich considering what people actually living in Britain faced. These issues got pushed further by the obnoxious reaction to protests by Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson. So a few leading citizens of Boston dressed as Mohawk warriors dumped tea off of a transport ship to show their displeasure. Many people throughout the colonies believed these men were ridiculous and unhelpful.