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Boston tea party

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boston_tea_partyMany American have heard of events that lead the founding father of the nation and others to dump British tea in Boston harbor. This is the event that was to later on be called Boston tea party, but not every America understand the significance of this Boston tea party nor why it has to be remembered even today. Boston tea party was an event that saw American patriots throw 342 chests of tea into the harbor while disguised as the Mohawk Indians. The tea belonged to a British east India company , that had anchored in Boston harbor. The reason why these took place was to protest, various punitive taxes the British parliament had imposed on the colonists. In 1766, town-shed act was adopted and this allowed the British parliament to tax the colonist on various items such as tea, paint, lead, paper and many other items that they were acquiring from foreign countries. After several protest from the colonists in 1770, the acts were repealed but the tax on tea remained. The colonist love tea and the British parliament needed to take advantage of it. This was a mistake the British government made and it cost them the colonies in the preceding war of dependence.


The Boston tea party took place exactly on 16th December 1773 and it was the beginning of war of independence. The tea taxes imposed by the British parliament were meant to save the falling British east Indian company in addition to covering the cost of offering protection to the colonists. There had been other taxes the parliament had been demanding from the colonist, in order to cover war debts from French and Indian wars. The taxing regime was not well perceived by the colonists. Introduction of the tea tax was meant to remove all other taxes except the townshend tax. Most of the people who were first to revolt on this tax were the merchants in Boston. The British east India tea was being offered at lower price than the dutch smuggled tea. The colonist made several attempts in sending the British tea away but were not able to convince the British government representatives in the harbor why they had to do that. If the colonist accepted to buy the British east Indian tea, it meant they were conceding to taxation by the British parliament.


The complaints by colonist at these time were not in unison as most if the colonies were operating as independent entities. The union of states had not taken place by these time. The actions at the boson harbor made the colonist to come together in revolt against the British rule. The colonist were more better placed to identify with America more than with their respective mother countries. Consecutive intermarriages and integration of various cultures in America, had many colonist identifying with one another. This and the action at the harbor hardened their resolve to be independent. Many first European settles in America had fled their mother land to settle in America with a dream of being independent. The large British crown followed them to the new land and continued controlling them. The wishes of being independent were in all colonist irrespective of their mother countries.


Introduction of the various taxes were the unifying factor that made the colonist to realize their common destiny. They had to revolt against the crown to gain their independence. The Boston tea party was the first violence revolt against the crown. The consequent events after the Boston tea party are highly docume3nted at the A website that is dedicated in offering free American history information and essays. Visit the for detailed actions of all the people who were involved in organizing and executing the Boston tea party.

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