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Revere, an American patriot, was a leader in the Boston Tea Party of 16 December 1773, when, as a protest of unfairly imposed taxes, American colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor from the British merchant ship Dartmouth. Revere’s place in  American history was enshrined by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" (1860), which recounted the patriot’s now famous and perilous mission in April 1775 to warn colonists of the impending invasion of British troops: one lantern would be lit in the steeple of the North Church in Charlestown to alert townspeople if the British were arriving by land, and “two if by sea.”