The American Revolutionary War in 16 Pictures - 3/16
The Colonists didn't accept the British monopoly position and started to boycott the British tea that was imported to the American colonies. The 1773 Tea Act was a reaction on this boycott: it granted the British East India Company the right to import its tea to North America duty-free. But the colonies kept refusing the British tea. On December 16, 1773, a group of men calling themselves "Sons of Liberty", dress themselves as Mohawk Indians and destroyed the entire load of the tea ships that were to enter Boston. The "Boston Tea Party" is seen as the symbolic start of the War of Independence.