The Stamp Act

When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, the English government was searching for ways to make up for the monetary costs of war. So Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765, which taxed everyone in the colonies no matter who you were or what your income was like. So the American colonists were taxed on many things like paper, ink, playing cards, and dice. This upset everyone in Boston because they were being taxed without their consent.

A sketch of Bostonians reading the Stamp Act.

A sketch of Bostonians reading the Stamp Act.

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What Was the Massachusetts Charter?

The Massachusetts Charter was a document that was issued by the English co-rulers William and Mary in 1691, which defined the government of the American colonies. The lands delineated in the charter were lands drawn from those previously belonging to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Plymouth Colony, and portions of the province of New York. This charter also appointed a governor, a deputy governor, and secretary who would be elected by a council. It established freedom of religion and discarded religious restrictions on voting and elections.

The original copy of the Massachusetts Charter.

The original copy of the Massachusetts Charter.

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The Beginning

Did you know that before 1733, the English Parliament had never attempted to tax the America colonies? In fact, the English government let the colonists rule themselves under the Massachusetts Charter. However, in March of 1733, Parliament passed the Molasses Act that taxed all molasses that was brought to the American colonies. This did not create any discontent or up roar since the colonists wouldn’t have to pay taxes on anything else. But little did they know that the taxes were just beginning.

The original text of the Molasses Act passed in 1773.

The original text of the Molasses Act passed in 1773.

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December 16, 1773…Now It’s Official!

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has proclaimed December 16, 2013 as Boston Tea Party Day in the city of Boston!

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Busy weekend at the Museum!

We have lots going on this weekend at the Boston Tea Party. As if Patriot’s Day was not a big day in its own right, we have some very special presentations taking place. At 10 am, we will unveil the statue of Samuel Adams. This magnificent piece has been created by Susie Chisholm, who also created Capt. John Parker. At 6 pm that evening, Professor Benjamin Carp, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America, will be sharing with us little know historical facts, myths and life in 18th-century Boston. The lecture lasts 90 minutes. Tickets are $35/ticket (adult) / $15 (children aged 17 & under). We do hope you will join us on this very special day!

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We can’t believe its been two years….

On April 17, 2011 we held a press conference to announce the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum was coming back to the Fort Point Channel. We thought it would be fun to go back and look and see how far we have come.

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Samuel Adams is Massachusetts Bound

Samuel Adams by Susie Chisholm

We are happy to report that Samuel Adams has left the building. That is sculptor Susie Chisholm’s studio in Savannah, Georgia. He is now making the 1,104 mile drive to Boston. This magnificent statue will be unveiled in front of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum on April 19. We hope to see you there!

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Winter Wonderland aka the Blizzard of 2013

As we are still watching it snow outside we thought we would share some of the images of the ship from last night. To quote Snoopy, “It was a dark and stormy night….”

Deck of the Beaver during the blizzard of 2013


Rigging of the Beaver


The bridge under a blanket of snow.

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It’s Tea Time!


We are so pleased that this month’s issue of Tea Time, has the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum featured in the January issue. Click Tea Time to check it out!

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In Case You Missed The First One…

Last night the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Old South Meeting House celebrated the 239 th anniversary of the original Boston Tea Party. It was quite and evening! Mark your calendars for December 16, 2013!

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