The Boston Tea Party marks a monumental declaration of the American desire to be independent from rule and taxation under England’s law. Author Marissa Moss writes a children’s historical book, which highlights a critical point which is rarely portrayed in schools, historical movies and anything else about this event. America’s Tea Parties: Not One But Four! explains that while the Boston Tea Party may have been the loudest, it wasn’t the only one. In fact, there were four locations where this occurred and only one is credited with it.
“This was the last time the East India Company tried to export tea to the colonies.”
The fascination with the East India Company and tea in general is one that is constantly brought up time and time again in books, movies and referenced in modern times. Moss deepens the learning by referencing how many ships there were and the total number of pounds of tea and worth, but suggesting the reader figure out the individual amount per ship. A clever way to weave math into a history lesson! This particular time of history is complicated, yet Moss does an outstanding job of breaking down the events, the network of secretive information and the result of resistance under horrible punishments. While history moved forward, tea was traded for coffee, and a clever close of the story smartly hints at the new fascination, which is bigger than tea now.