Revolutionary Viewpoints

analytical Essay
611 words
611 words

Revolutionary Viewpoints Beginning in 1773, the Tea Act, Boston Tea Party, and the Coercive Acts directly brought about the split between Britain and its American colonies. These events were a series of causes and effects and were viewed from extremely different viewpoints by the two sides. Because of these viewpoints, both sides saw force as the next logical step. The Tea Act was passed by Parliament in 1773. It gave the British East India Company a virtual monopoly on the tea trade in North America while keeping the Townshend tea tax. The monopoly lowered the price of tea, but it hurt colonial businessmen. Soon the colonies started to boycott tea. For the British, the Tea Act sounded like a wonderful idea because it lowered the price on tea. The Tea Act could also let the colonies show that they are Englishmen and it was good for the whole empire. But on the other hand, the colonies thought the tea act was slowly taking away their rights, ruining their 150 years of tradition. Their tradition was that they only were taxed for local reasons. Since the Tea Act was going on, people were boycotting tea coming from England. This led to the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was when 3 ships full of tea had arrived from England and the townspeople were refusing to pay the tax. So the ships could not be unloaded. Then the group, Sons of Liberty boarded the ship dressed as Native Americans...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains how the tea act, boston tea party, and coercive acts brought about the split between britain and its american colonies.
  • Analyzes how the boston tea party was a necessary protest against the british parliament's refusal to listen to peaceful protests.
  • Explains that the king and parliament passed the coercive acts in 1774, which was a punishment for the boston tea party.
  • Explains that the tea act, boston tea party, and coercive acts caused both britain and the colonies to go in different ways.
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