The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that took place on December 16, 1773, at the Old South Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts. The protest was in response to new taxes imposed on tea by the British government—taxes that even reached into the colonies themselves. Dressed as Native Americans, colonists boarded three ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party helped to convince many colonists that independence from Britain was necessary; following the Tea Party, the British government imposed stricter controls on the colonies, further infuriating them. Every year, people gather in Boston to commemorate the original Boston Tea Party. The original ships used in the Boston Tea Party are long gone, but replicas of them can be seen at the Boston Tea Party Museum. The museum is located on the site of the original Boston Tea Party and features exhibits about the event and its significance. The Boston Tea Party is an important part of American history and continues to be studied and celebrated today. The Boston Tea Party is just one of the many events that helped shape the course of the American Revolution.