John Crane: The man who appeared to have “rose” from the dead. After being knocked unconscious by a falling tea crate in the hold of the ship, Crane was reportedly thought to be dead, but he was actually hidden by his compatriots under a pile of wood shavings in a nearby carpenter’s shop. He awoke several hours later and was the only man harmed in the Boston Tea Party.
Mohawk Indians: Since destroying tea was considered an act of treason punishable by death, many of the Boston patriots dressed up as Mohawk Indians, even including Paul Revere. They carried hatchets and/or tomahawks, which they used to break open the crates.
Coffee: The preferred beverage of the colonists. According to All About Coffee, a tea and trade journal, the tea tax may have helped to elevate the status of coffee. Here is a snippet of what was said: “… Citizens of Boston boarded the English ships and threw their tea cargoes into the bay, cast the die for coffee; for there and then originated a subtle prejudice against “the cup that cheers,” which 150 years have failed entirely to overcome.”
158 million: The number of people drinking tea on any given day in the U.S. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion.
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