ист. «Бостонское чаепитие».
A raid on three British ships in Boston Harbor (December 16, 1773) in which a body of 50 men, disguised more or less as Indians, threw the contents of several hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest against British taxes on tea and against the monopoly granted the East India Company. The incident marked the rising influence of the radical wing in the colonies and helped initiate the open break between Great Britain and the American colonists.
Parliament's reply to the destruction of the tea was a series of "Intolerable Acts", including closing of the port of Boston until the tea was paid for. The rest of the colonies rallied to the aid of Boston and brought the American Revolution a step nearer.