The Boston Tea Party Summary

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George Hewes’ account of the Boston Tea Party is considered a firsthand account of this historically significant event. The Boston Tea Party took place the night of December 16, 1773. Three ships had arrived in Boston Harbor carrying Tea from the East India Tea Company. The Bostonians had were given a warning the cargo would be unloaded on December 17. Hewes recounts the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party including the actual attack on the ships and its aftermath. He provides a descriptive narrative, thus contributing to the historical context surrounding the Tea Party. This event as well as, the unfolding discord within the colonies provides the necessary spark to ignite the American Revolution. Hewes starts his narrative with…show more content…
He provides the backstory to create an understanding of the timeline and how the events unfolded with the Patriots. Hewes continues to give details about the assault on the wharf. He states, “It was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian…I repaired to Griffin’s Wharf, where the ships lay…”(Hewes 1). Hewes uses these details in his account to give actual substance and background. The narrative continues to discuss how the assembly of men was divided and assigned to commanders. The leaders assumed charge of the disguised rebels and boarded the unsuspecting ships. Once aboard his assigned ship, Hewes writes, “as soon as we were on board the ship appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys…(2). Hewes played an active role in the assault and had a front row view of the events. After the tea was thrown overboard, Hewes remarks on the ancillary events taking place simultaneously. He said, “there were several attempts made by some citizens of Boston…to carry off small quantities of it for their family use” (Hewes 3).…show more content…
It was during this period that “the government in London concerned itself with the colonies in unprecedented ways…to help raise funds to pay for the war and finance the empire” (Forner 141). The British government was heavily in debt after fighting the Seven Years War on several fronts. The need to raise funds was paramount, and the colonies were a ready source. Consequently, the British government started imposing taxes on the colonies as a means of income. This was a change in the relationship between America and the mother country. Many Americans opposed these taxes (Forner 142-143). According to Forner, “Opposition to the Stamp Act was the first great drama of the revolutionary era and the first major split between the colonist and Great Britain over the meaning of freedom” (142). This Act was eventually repealed by Parliament in 1766 after significant opposition by Americans (Forner 144). The Stamp Act was just the beginning of several events and taxes on the colonist leading up to the Boston Tea Party. After the failure of the Stamp Act, the British Government tried several different schemes to garner tax revenue from the

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