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Cause And Effect Of The Boston Tea Party

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Abstract: The famed act, known as the Boston Tea Party, was nothing like it sounds. This was an incident that served as a protest against unfair taxation on tea imports coming to America. Wanting to help a British tea company known as the East India Company, the British Parliament adjusted imports to America with the passage of the Tea Act in 1773. While some rebels in Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia rejected tea shipments, merchants in Boston refused to concede to the new law. Many colonists were enraged by this new decree, so on the night of December 16, 1773, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty boarded three British ships, the Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor in the Boston harbor and threw 342 chests of tea overboard. This…show more content…
They also thought that if they bought the tea from the British that they would put even more taxes on goods. Some colonists thought that this was wrong and they wouldn’t follow the rules, and didn’t pay the tax, and many planned to boycott the tea. The British Parliament found this out from and repealed all the former taxes on everything except their tea. This enraged the colonists, particularly members of the sons of liberty, which decided to take action.
The Boston Tea Party took place on the winter night of Thursday, December 16, 1773. “According to eyewitness testimonies, the Boston Tea Party occurred between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 PM and lasted for approximately three hours.” (bostonteapartyship.com) On that night the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, planned to show Parliament how they felt about the Tea Act.
The Sons Of Liberty boarded the British ship Dartmouth, the ship in Boston Harbor.To attempt to stay anonymus, most of the Sons of Liberty attempted to pass themselves off as Mohawk Indians, rather than take the chance of being identified, and being severely punished. These men boarded the ship and threw exactly 342 boxes of British tea of into the boston harbor.
Suprisingly, there was no violence in tis protest, nor confrentation between anyone exept the sons of liberty among themselves .No one was even hurt, whether they were part of the Beaver’s, Dartmouth’s, or Eleanor’s crew, or a member of the sons of liberty.
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