The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty against the British government. The protest was held on December 16, 1773, and it involved two separate events: first, 60 men disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 chests of tea into the water; later that night, another group boarded two other ships and did the same thing. The Boston Tea Party was a key event leading up to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was one of the most significant events leading up to the American Revolution. It was also the first instance of civil disobedience in the American colonies. On December 16, 1773, colonists in Boston threw a shipment of tea into the harbor to protest taxes on it—a form of civil disobedience known as a tea party. The value of the tea-about $1 million in today’s money-was not lost on the colonists and their sympathizers, who celebrated their defiance by throwing an annual party (later called a “sneak”) on December 16. No one was hurt during the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party Museum is located on Congress Street in Boston.