Essay on Boston Tea Party: Focused Rage against the Parliamentary Law

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Boston Tea Party

When the Boston Tea Party occurred on the evening of December 16,1773, it was the culmination of many years of bad feeling between the British government and her American colonies. The controversy between the two always seemed to hinge on the taxes, which Great Britain required for the upkeep of the American colonies. Starting in 1765, the Stamp Act was intended by Parliament to provide the funds necessary to keep peace between the American settlers and the Native American population. The Stamp Act was loathed by the American colonists and later repealed by parliament.
(http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/History.htm) However, the British government quickly enacted other laws designed to solve
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(Hewes, 1) According to Hewes, there was a meeting of the citizens of Boston on the evening before December 17. The purpose of the meeting was to decide on the measures, which would be necessary to prevent the landing of the tea. The citizens requested that Governor Hutchinson should answer them as to the reasons that the tea should be forced upon them. The governor did not attend the meeting or answer their questions. The citizens cried out "Let every man do his duty and be true to his country." (Hewes, 1) In the evening, Hewes dressed himself in the costume of an Indian, painting his face with coal dust and carrying a small hatchet. He went to Griffin's wharf, where he found others dressed, equipped, and painted as he was. They marched together toward the wharf. When they arrived at the wharf, they divided into three parties in order to board the three ships at the same time. (Hewes, 1-2) Commanded by Leonard Pitt, Hewes boarded a ship and demanded the keys to the hatches from the captain. Pitt told Hewes not to damage the ship or the rigging. However, Pitt ordered the chests of tea to be taken from the hatches and thrown overboard. Hewes and his companions split the chests with their tomahawks and in about three hours, they had broken and thrown overboard every tea chest on the ship. Although British armed ships surrounded them, not a shot was fired. Afterward, they went home. (Hewes, 2) "The next morning, December 18, 1773,

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