1774: Boston Tea Party spoils the taste of fish

In May 1774, a Virginian newspaper suggested the quality of fish caught in Massachusetts waters had deteriorated – possibly because of the Boston Tea Party five months earlier:

“Letters from Boston complain much of the taste of their fish being altered. Four or five hundred chests of tea may have so contaminated the water in the Harbour that the fish may have contracted a disorder, not unlike the nervous complaints of the human body. Should this complaint extend itself as far as the banks of Newfoundland, our Spanish and Portugal fish trade may be much affected by it.”

Source: The Virginia Gazette, May 5th 1774. Content on this page is © Alpha History 2016. Content may not be republished without our express permission. For more information please refer to our Terms of Use or contact Alpha History.

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