The Sons of Liberty's Rebellious Act
Mina. Age 10. Tiburon, California

It was a cold night in December of 1773. There were three ships in the harbor, and they were loaded with tea from England. Colonists crowded the dock, and ten-year-old Paul was jostled among the murmuring, expectant crowd. He felt anxious and his palms were sweaty because his big brother, who was a member of the Sons of Liberty, had told him something exciting was going to happen and it had something to do with the three ships in the harbor. Paul was proud of his big brother’s bravery, but he knew his rashness could sometimes get him into trouble.

English King George had charged a tax on the tea. Colonists believed King George had no right to tax them, so they persistently rejected the tea because of the tax. The Royal Governor of Boston, who was determined, stubborn, and loyal to King George, had ordered the tea to be unloaded on December 16th, and that was tonight.

Abruptly, the indignant Sons of Liberty pushed their way through the crowd disguised with faces painted like Indians, Indian clothes, and axes. Hurriedly, Paul searched the faces of the “Indians” for his brother. His throat constricted and his heart raced faster and faster as he recognized the familiar outline of his brother’s face. The Sons of Liberty trekked onto the three ships in the Boston Harbor while their axe blades gleamed in the moonlight, casting eerie shadows across their painted faces. Once on board, they tightly gripped their axes, raucously chopped the crates of tea open, and dumped the fragrant, rich tea into the calm water of the Boston Harbor. It was a very noisy scene with all the whacking and splashing from the three ships and the cheering crowd saying, “Rally Indians! Bring your axes and tell King George we’ll pay NO taxes!” Paul stood transfixed as the falling boxes splashed into the sea, rubble bobbed in the harbor, tea sank into the water’s murky depths, and the moonlight gleamed on the water. Paul knew King George would understand this obvious message of rebellion, and he hoped there would be no retaliation against his brother and the Sons of Liberty from England.

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