After nearly a year of protests, the Sons of Liberty were finally victorious in March of 1766 when Parliament decided to repeal the Stamp Act,but later the British put a tax on tea.The controversy over the tea tax was made worse by the passing of the Tea Act of 1773, which allowed for tea sold by British companies to be shipped directly to the colonies and sold at a discount. As the tax on tea was still in place, this act was a subtle way to persuade colonists to comply with the tax.The colonists were not pleased.
The American colonists did the right thing by dumping the tea overboard due to the British taxing the tea. All they wanted was freedom, and this was an act of freedom to the colonists. Also, the colonists didn’t have the money to pay for all the taxed goods. Lastly, they were very polite to the British before and during the Boston Tea Party. The colonists of America did nothing wrong.
What made the taxations so unfair in the eyes of the colonists, was the fact that they had no representation in the parliament and no one was looking after their interests when the laws were being passed in England. The colonists felt left out, their own country was treating them as if they were foreigners and using them to improve the economy of mainland Britain at the expense of their own. Rebellions continued and independence talks began. "No taxation without representation!" Was a common phrase that echoed around the colonies.
On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act, which was supposed to, as History’s article, “Tea Act,” states, “was not to raise revenue from the colonies but to bail out the floundering East India Company, a key actor in the British economy.” The colonists viewed the Act as another example of the British Parliament abusing taxation. To further express the colonists’ hatred towards the Tea Act, John Green explains in his YouTube video, “Taxes & Smuggling - Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6,” that “Some colonists were upset that cheap tea would cut into the profits of smugglers and established tea merchants, but most were just angry on principle.” At the time, tea was just as equally an important beverage to both the colonists and the British, and having the British tax the tea showed
The act angered colonial merchants because it only allowed tea to be bought from the East India Company. The issue of “taxation without representation” occurred and was felt even more than before. The colonist and merchants felt that the tax was unconstitutional and boycotted the tea. “...the tea boycott mobilized large segments of the population.” [ The Unfinished Nation, Alan Brinkley pg.102]. This highlights how the colonies were coming together against the British and the mistreatment they have
Sunday of April 7th, 1765, a group of Rhode Island men boarded the Polly and took down the ship of its cargo carrying barrels of molasses from the sugar islands. This happened eight years before the Boston Tea Party, but the problem was the same. The British Parliament placed a tax on the sugar without letting the colonists have a chance to talk it over. This made the Americans enraged. The Americans needed to resist the tax, or they are just slaves to the British. Americans believed they had the right with what they built with their own strength, knowledge and will. They knew they had to obey laws, but only if they had a say in the making of the laws. The Americans would’ve resisted any tax the British put on them but when they taxed sugar,
At the Edenton Tea Party fifty-one women gathered protesting, boycotting British goods, anticipating they could impact a change, by writing a proclamation and each signing it as a declaration and send to London, so that the British change their views on taxing tea. The purpose was for all citizens of England to read at time, and have a change at heart, they never indented to be harsh. ‘’ We do therefore accordingly subscribe this paper, as a witness of our fixed intention and solemn determination to do so. ‘’
The American Colonist’s largest complaint addressed in The Declaration of Independence was that rules were being passed in England that affected their life in the colonies; however, the colonists had no representation in their home country to voice the opinions of the colonists. The colonists believed that England was wrongfully taxing them in order to pay off the debt that was accrued by the French and Indian War. This issue became widely known as “Taxation without Representation.” Parliament had implemented various acts that taxed the American colonists on tea, stamps, oil, lead,
The Patriots demand liberty, freedom, consent, and representation in the colonies. As heard in the Provincial Congress, many Patriots want to revolt against the British tyranny. The Boston Tea Party is a prime example of the Patriot’s reaction to British rule. The Sons of Liberty dumped tea into the Boston Harbor due to the Tea Act. The British are threatening us with their standing armies and other unjust taxes, such as the Quartering Act and the Intolerable Acts. In the Consideration on the Propriety of Imposing Taxes, Daniel Dulany believes that “ a tax imposed by Parliament, is a tax without their consent” (Dulany 133), because there is no colonial representation
To the colonists, the further taxation was offensive. They had cleared acres of land, fought off Native Americans, and watched as their relatives die in the process of building a colony that enhanced the British Empire. For hundreds of years in British history, Parliament followed the tradition of receiving permission for levying taxes. Even though the king had these “divine rights” and so forth, when the British Parliament taxed the colonists without their consent, the colonists’ traditional rights were
The King of England is making life harder for the colonists by imposing new taxes on items such as tea, sugar, and stamps. According to the article Tea Act, it states “The Tea Act of 1773 was one of several measures imposed on the American colonists by the heavily indebted British government in the decade leading up to the American
“No taxation without representation” is being chanted through the colonies as of late, the Parliament of Great Britain has fed more fuel to the fire of the colonists, The Stamp acts have been introduced and many colonists do not agree.
The 1773 Tea Act did cause the American Revolution in that it sparked huge opposition amongst the colonists. It was the third time that the British had tried to tax the Americans — both the 1765 Stamp Act and the 1767 Townshend Duties had been repealed due to such opposition. The Tea Act was the final straw for many colonists — the Sons of Liberty organised a huge protest in which they boarded the ships carrying the East India Company’s tea, and threw £10,000 worth of tea into the sea in defiance. This was known as the Boston Tea Party and demonstrated to the British that the Americans were not willing to accept British taxation. The slogan ‘no taxation without representation’ was frequently used, showing how the Americans felt the British, in trying to tax them, were attempting to impose a tyrannical rule. The Boston Tea Party provoked outrage in Britain, with many of the politically conscious calling for the Americans to be punished. This then led to the Coercive Acts in 1774, which aimed at isolating Boston — although it only resulted in increasing the tension between the
We the people of the United States colonies requested you revoke these unfair and damaging taxes, and we will do what we want when we an to do it. We deserve respect and that's what we will get!
Now Great Britain has placed a tax on sugar. That is not the only thing they placed a tax on. Would you make people pay taxes on papered goods? The British made them pay taxes on paper goods. The Stamp Act places taxes on newspapers, licenses, and colonial paper products. If you went against the taxes and not pay them, you were in a heap of trouble. You could be hung, or took to jail, and could be sentenced for life. The colonist got tired of taxes, and eventually did something about it. They got a hold of the Sons of Liberty, and they caught one of the tax collectors. They tarred and feathered him. He eventually died, because the tar pulled of his skin. He died because his skin got infected. How would you like it if someone passed a law the basically said that they were in control and there is nothing you can do about it. The Declaratory Act which stated that parliament had the power to make laws for the colonies. This act worried the colonist, because it took away most of their independence. They also felt like they were not capable of making their own laws. They wanted to be free. They wanted to make their own laws. The British were making that hard for them to do. Now, there is another taxing act placed. Did you like taxes on paper goods, and sugar? Now I have another treat for you. Now they placed an act that taxed glass, lead, and paint. What else are they