The Boston Tea Party was an act of defiance against the British King George III. On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party was carried out by fifty members of the Sons of Liberty, a group of radicals or patriots, in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The angry group of colonists was dressed as Native Americans so they would not be recognized. They planned the Boston Tea Party to protest the taxes that King George III was putting on tea. They dumped around 352 boxes of valuable tea, from three ships, into Boston Harbor to protest the taxes placed on the tea. This led to more tension between the colonists and the British King.