The "York Tea Party": In the fall of 1774, a shipment of British tea arrived for York resident Jonathan Sayward. An embargo had been set on drinking British tea, and the packages were set aside in a storehouse near the wharf. What exactly happened to the tea after that point is somewhat of a mystery: a New Hampshire paper reported that it had been stolen by Pigwacket Indians, while stories were told about patriotic residents who had destroyed the illicit substance, just like their fellow Bostonians. Meanwhile, Jonathan Sayward reported in his journal that the tea reappeared several days later. It may have been that a few York residents spread word about the destruction of the tea in order to gain the freedom to drink it in private.

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