Hancock paid and organized it and had Samuel Adams organize the men.They didn't dress up. This is part of the fable. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts.
the tea act of 1773 was passed by england to save the east india company from bankrupy. they put taxes on tea and the colonist didnt like it. so on december 16, 1773 the boston tea party happens. colonist dressed up as mohawk indians and dumped the tea into the boston harbor. the boston harbor closed until the tea was repaid which was the intolorable act caused by the tea party.
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