A POPULAR MOVEMENT
BASED ON REVISIONIST HISTORY?
The Boston Tea Party, as it became known a century after the event, was somewhat a product of rewritten history. It did not take place because the British raised the price of tea, but because the East India Company actually lowered the price. And it was not the spontaneous event told in history books, but a carefully planned demonstration by people who stood to lose a great of money if cheap tea was dumped onto the American market.
At the same time another group was assembling at the home of businessman Benjamin Edes. There were fifty carefully chosen men there to prepare for an assault on the “tea ships.” To strengthen their resolve, Edes placed an enormous punch bowl filled with rum on a table. His son, Peter, was instructed to keep the bowl well filled.
Today, the Tea Party Movement proudly identifies with the Boston Tea Party, but the underlying origin of the historical event may have been based on a slightly different principle than independence.