Essay On The Boston Tea Party

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Throughout the course of history there have been many events leading up to the independence of America. Some of them were small, but others were much more significant. The Boston Tea Party was one of the more important events. The Boston Tea Party marked the first piece of open resistance to the tight British rule. The Boston Tea Party alone was not the main event that brought America her independence. However, the Boston Tea Party was the larger of many little things that led up to the revolutionary war. In 1700, there were only 200,000 inhabitants in the American colonies, but by 1770, its non-indigenous population had risen to over two million. By the mid-18th century, there were 13 mainland British colonies, together with eight island colonies in the western Atlantic and Caribbean Sea (Raphel). Each had representatives, which gave the colonies something in common. Although, the colonies all were different concerning economic and social conditions (The Boston Tea Party, 1773). Each colony was separate and had different forms of constitution, although over the course of the first half of the 18th century, there was a tendency towards assimilation of colonial governments. The reason for a colonial empire was to gain economic benefit from it so that regulation of trade was essential government policy. By 1763, however, increasing evidence of avoidance signaled the need for an overhaul (The Boston Tea Party, 1773). The win of the French and Indian War was costly for the British. Near the end of the war in 1763, King George III and his government thought of taxing the American colonies as a way of regaining their war costs. During the war the crown had become distracted (The Boston Tea Party, 1773). This made it easier for the Amer... ... middle of paper ... ...ary rule in Massachusetts, and made British officials unable to be charged with a crime in America. It also required colonists to house British troops (The Boston Tea Party). The goal of the Intolerable Acts was to segregate the radicals in Massachusetts. Although, the 13 colonies did move onward and ended up establishing the Continental Congress. A decision was then made to boycott all British goods (Raphael). The Boston Tea Party was an influential piece of American history. The Boston Tea Party gave the colonists the motivation to stand up for their rights and to ultimately risk their lives by going to war for their independence. It helped spark the American Revolution and eventually led to the Declaration of Independence. The Boston Tea Party is also important for its inspiration, not only to Americans but also to other rebels against injustice around the world.
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