History is often complicated and complex, and the time leading up to the American Revolution was no exception. In the time of the Boston Tea Party, the town of Boston was divided. Many were enraged by “taxation without representation” and supported the protests often led by the Sons of Liberty as well as the “Destruction of the Tea”. Others were still very much loyal to the Crown and viewed the protests and the tea’s eventual destruction as a step gone too far. Perhaps none felt this tension more than the Tea Consignees—those put in charge of the shipments of tea being sent to America. This cursed cargo would turn into quite a burden and each would find themselves in the middle of a tense crisis.
Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a 1-hour discussion on this clash of ideologies, focusing on the Consignees' involvement in the tea crisis of 1773. Hear the differences between the “Patriot” and “Tory” perspectives, and learn more about central figures of the Loyalist cause in rebellious Boston.
Please note: All Tea Talks presentations begin promptly at the listed times. All presentation times are in Eastern Time Zone.
This program takes place online via ZOOM. Once registration is complete, participants will receive a confirmation email with webinar link, password, and instructions on how to participate using ZOOM. This can take up to 48 hours after registration. We recommend that you download the ZOOM application in advance for the best user experience.