Boston Tea Party

In December 1773, 340 tea chests were hurled into Boston Harbour by a protesting crowd. It
was a rebellion that came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. A protest that ignited the flames of
revolution and forever changed the course of American history.

Now, 250 years later, we reveal some fascinating documents held by The National Archives.
Join us as we explore the context of the Boston Tea Party and what documents from the British side
reveal. Guests include Daniel Gosling and Ralph Thompson from The National Archives.

Download the full episode transcript here.

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: CO 5/160, CO 5/763, CO 5/663, SP 37

For more information about the records covered in this episode, look at our research guide to the
American Revolution. Read our blog, Dockyard incendiarist: The tale of ‘John the Painter’. For help
navigating our catalogue, you can watch our top-level tips on using Discovery.

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