The Boston Tea Party was not just a local story, an imperial story, or an American story, but also a global story. The East India Company was becoming a territorial power in South Asia; its principal import, tea, came from China and was becoming a popular drink among Europeans; these Europeans drank their tea with sugar, farmed by Afro-Caribbeans; when Bostonians protested the East India Company's tea, they dressed as Native Americans. Since the early nineteenth century, the Boston Tea Party has had particular resonance for Americans, but also for others around the world.
Dr. Benjamin L. Carp is associate professor of early American history at Tufts University. He is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (2010), and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (2007), and co-editor of Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791. He has written for scholarly journals as well as BBC History, Colonial Williamsburg, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and he has appeared on BBC1, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN3, and the Discovery Channel.