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A Global Perspective on the Boston Tea Party: The Role of the East India Company

October 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In honor of the Boston Tea Party’s 250th Anniversary, join Leena Bhatnagar, economist and writer, as she discusses how the British East India Company and global circumstances contributed to the event. In this virtual talk, she will highlight how the British East India Company played a pivotal role in the British Empire’s economic and geopolitical ambitions in the late 18th century, with its influence spanning from India to London to Boston. She will discuss how the East India Company’s commercial links influenced the views of colonial Boston’s economic and political leaders, and how events in India and London in the early 1770s ultimately contributed to the Boston Tea Party in December 1773. She will also highlight how she explored these themes through her historical fiction novel, The Tea Merchant.

The FREE online webinar will take place on Monday October 23, 2023 at 6:00pm

Registration for this FREE online webinar is required. 

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About the Speaker:

Leena Bhatnagar is an economist and writer. She is an economist at the U.S. Treasury Department and volunteers as an Ambassador at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She is also the best-selling author of The Tea Merchant, a historical fiction novel leading up to the Boston Tea Party that explores the hidden threats the British East India Company brings from Bengal to the American colonies. She has a Master’s in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Finance from New York University. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in Virginia.

This program is part of a series of programs associated with the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.


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October 23, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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