||On December 16th in 1773, dozens of men dumped 342 chests of tea from 3 ships into the water. But what a lot of people don't realize is that it started with bankers.
In 1771, London banker Alexander Fordyce of the banking house Neal, James, Fordyce and Down thought himself infallible. Fordyce had made a fortune as a speculator, and he enjoyed his opulent wealth. He held magnificent estates in Surrey, Roehampton, and Scotland, and once blew 14,000 pounds (several million dollars today) running for parliament.