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After the speech a group of men, loosely disguised as Mohawk Indians, joined the crowd. They boarded one of the three East Indiamen in the harbor and threw 350 chests of tea into the water. ’’ Once again London was outraged, but this time the ministry responded with a series of retaliatory bills. The first that passed Parliament was the Boston Port Act, which closed the entire port as a punishment and as a warning to the other colonies. On May 13, 1774, HMS Lively arrived in 34 Blue Water Patriots The Boston Tea Party is possibly the best known event of the period before the outbreak of war.

Parliament authorized the shipment of half a million pounds of tea to the colonies and demanded that the tax be paid by the importers when the cargo was landed. On the night of December 16, 1773, as many as 8,000 people massed to listen to a speech given by Samuel Adams, which targeted the tea on ships in the harbor as a symbol of British tyranny. After the speech a group of men, loosely disguised as Mohawk Indians, joined the crowd. They boarded one of the three East Indiamen in the harbor and threw 350 chests of tea into the water.

He is [not] . . ’’9 At about this time George Washington authorized Nicholas Broughton to proceed to the port of Beverly, Massachusetts, where he was to take command of the Hannah, a schooner fitted out with a few small cannon as a vessel of war. ’’ Each vessel sailed under a white ensign bearing a green pine tree with the words ‘‘An Appeal to Heaven’’ inscribed below it. 10 In November 1775 John Manly, Washington’s finest captain, intercepted a British storeship that had become separated from its convoy, and made the first major contribution of the navy to the war effort.

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