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Another historic Beantown brawl

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Bay Staters are well-versed in acts of riotous rebellion.

Eight years before the 1773 American political and mercantile protest known as The Boston Tea Party ensued on Griffin’s Wharf (sending 342 chests of tea into the harbor), colonists staged a similar insurrection.

On Aug. 14, 1765 an angry Boston mob reacted to Great Britain’s “taxation without representation,” which foreshadowed rebellion a decade later and spurred the Stamp Act Riots.

Protests and petitions led to stonewalling the tax – levied on printed material from newspapers and magazines to legal documents and playing cards –  before erupting in property damage and harassment of officials.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Boston 100

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