Who Came Up With “Boston Tea Party?”

Did you know that the term “Boston Tea Party” wasn’t created until 1834? Before that, people often called it just the “destruction of the tea.” This is because, according to historian Alfred Young, Americans were very reluctant to celebrate and be reminded of the destruction of property. So the event had been mostly ignored in the recollections of American history. These notions soon began to change in the 1830 when a Tea Party member, George Robert Twelves Hewes, began to write about his experiences in a biography. He termed the destruction of the tea, the “Tea Party.”

A portrait of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a Boston Tea Party member!

A portrait of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a Boston Tea Party member!

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