The British Parliament passed the Tea Act, taxing the US colonies. By December 16, it would ignite the American Revolution when the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded three ships in Boston Harbour and destroyed 92,000 pounds of British East India Company tea. Within ten years, in the heat of the American conflict, Nova Scotia would receive a flood of more than 25,000 Loyalist refugees, adding to the population of over 12,000 inhabitants of British origin in the colony. (Image: A view of . . . Boston . . . and Brittish [sic] Ships of War . . . 1768, by Paul Revere.The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.)