On this date in 1773, a number of citizens of Boston Mass., disguise as Mohawk Indians went aboard three ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 300 chest of East India Company tea overboard.
This was seen as a protest against a proposed tax that England was attempting to levy on the colonies. As with other historical events with a little digging, further details come to light. John Hancock, a leader of the Sons of Liberty who where known to be heavily involved in this incident was reputed to be one of the biggest smugglers in Boston. He had been for some time smuggling in Dutch tea without paying tax on it. The East Indian Co. tea even with the tax imposed on it, would have been considerably cheaper than that which Hancock was attempting to sell. I am not saying that's why the Sons of Liberty acted as they did, but it does make you wonder.
Believe it or not, this is my 100th post. Who would have thunk it? -grin-