Boston Tea Party
When the Boston Tea Party occurred on the evening of December 16,1773, it was the culmination of many years of bad feeling between the British government and her American colonies. The controversy between the two always seemed to hinge on the taxes, which Great Britain required for the upkeep of the American colonies. Starting in 1765, the Stamp Act was intended by Parliament to provide the funds necessary to keep peace between the American settlers and the Native American population. The Stamp Act was loathed by the American colonists and later repealed by parliament.
The Boston Tea Party was an important historical event that happened on the night of December 16th, 1773. This was a predicament that was between the British government and the American colonies. The number one priority of it dealt with taxes, which Britain was requiring American colonies to pay. In 1765, the Stamp Act was created by Parliament to provide money to make peach with the Native Americans and the American settlers. It was an act that was loathed by the colonists of America, and was repealed by parliament for many reasons. The government of Britain created other laws to maintain all the problems that were being forced upon; which later, the Boston Tea Part was focused on the Parliamentary Law. Americans were very up to date when it came to financial demands by the British Parliament. They were not blind sighted by the whole thing and just did what British said. In 1765, an organization that was kept on the down level, called the Sons and Daughters of Liberty was created for the British to boycott their products. With the start of 1773, assemblies of Massachusetts and Virginia had created the Committees of Correspondence, which was a group that was directed to communicate to any threats that was being shown by any of the American colonies. With that being said, parliament passed the Tea Act, which had a big part in the Boston Tea Party. The Tea Act allowed East Indian Company to undersell colonial tea merchants in American Market. It was the start of something new.
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In December 1773, when the Colonists learned about the seven incoming shipments holding cargoes of tea – 600,000 pounds in all - sent by the British East India Company to small merchants in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Charleston, they were determined that none of the tea would be landed. On the other locations, it was either seized and kept by the custom officials or was returned to Britain, except in Boston. In Boston, the Patriots were so enraged that they deliberately threw about 340 chests of leaf tea into the harbor. Today the incident, initially referred to as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” by John Adams, is well known as the Boston Tea Party. It is one of the most important events in the American History as it contributed greatly towards the American independence from the British. Prior to the Boston Tea Party, the thirteen American colonies shared no common cause. It was within eighteen months after the Boston Tea Party that the Americans united and initiated Great War against Britain for the American Independence and finally succeeded in forming the United Sta...
In 1773 the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. It significantly raised taxes on the popular drink. At this point, tensions between the colonists and Britain simmered down after years of boycotts over raised taxes and what seemed like “political slavery” (Yazawa,
the Tea Act of 1773: Before the Revolution
“Liberty, Complacency, Dependence, Tyranny and, Revolution” -Alexander Fraser Tytler (The Tytler cycle of History). The Tytler cycle of history was connected to the Tea Act because The
East India Tea Company had Liberty and complacency, then they became dependent on the Parliament to make a new act to benefit them. Then people started to boycott and there came Tyranny. Finally The Revolutionary War began.
In 1773, the British government created the Tea Act, not to raise revenue to pay off their debt from the Seven Year War, but to aid in bailing out the staggering East India Company. The act granted the company the right to ship its tea directly to the colonies without first landing it in England, and to commission agents who would have the sole right to sell tea in the colonies. According to History.com this act “retained the duty on imported tea at its existing rate, but, since the company was no longer required to pay an additional tax in England, the Tea Act effectively lowered the price of the East India Company’s tea in the colonies.” Tea was the prime favorite merchandise in Britain, the colonists on the other hand did not have the same views as their British cousins. With the taxes placed on to the tea, it increases their dislike of both British and tea. However instead of angry voices and violence as they...
When we learn about the history of the world we usually divide it up into eras, dynasties, major wars, revolutions, etc. But what we all learn is that even the smallest thing can have a massive impact on history. In this book, Tom Standage chose to look at the way six different beverages altered history. I never knew how important different beverages were throughout history, but Standage was able to prove that beverages were responsible for global revolutions, intellectual and political insights, and good motivators for work.
Most people have heard of The Boston tea party. When American patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded the British ships in the Boston harbor and dumped all of the tea into the ocean. But what most people fail to realize is the great importance behind this protest. To fully understand a topic of history one must first acknowledge the actions behind it. The French and Indian war, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Revenue Act, as well as the Tea Act are all important catalysts of the legendary Boston tea party. Which is why we will discuss these topics before examining the events of the Boston tea party.
It is not common that when one thinks of the history of the world that the thought of beer, wine, spirits, tea, coffee, or even Coca-Cola comes to mind. Matter of fact, the thought of a beverage having an impact in history may be the very last thing that comes to mind. But according to Tom Standage in his book A History of the World in 6 Glasses, he argues that these six drinks have had an all-round influence in the history of the world. It is hard to imagine that the drinks we know of today, were the foundation and building blocks of the history that has been engraved in us. As to which beverage has had a greater impact in history, it is a matter of the extent to which each particular drink has contributed to influencing, not just people, but the course of history. Not diminishing the impact of the other beverages, but coffee has had a greater impact in history over tea and the other drinks.