Rally, Mohawks! Bring out your axes.
Let tell King George, we'll pay no more taxes.
TO A RAUCOUS chorus of war-whoops, hundreds of men poured from Old South Meeting House to storm the Boston dockyards in 1773. With faces painted like Indian warriors, wrapped in tattered blankets, waving hatchets and axes, they overwhelmed the unresisting guards and relieved three ships of their cargo. They hurled 90,000 pounds of tea--representing a small fortune--into the harbor. Their protest complete, the Boston patriots washed off their tawny face paint and tidied up the mess they'd made. Nobody was injured, and they offered to pay for a damaged lock.
Although technically an act of force, the Boston Tea Party was viewed even at the time as street theater, a symbolic bit of civil disobedience. This overtly defiant act helped convince King George III that it would indeed be necessary to use force against the Massachusetts troublemakers, and before long, the American colonists found themselves in a full-scale civil war with Mother England.