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 The Stamp Act was loathed by the American colonists and later repealed by parliament. (http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/History.htm) However, the British government quickly enacted other laws designed to solve monetary problems.
As a result, they lowered the price of the tea and sent it to America for the colonists to buy. This was called the Tea Act. The colonists weren't stupid and immediately recognized it as a hidden tax. They were extremely outraged and a secret group called the Sons of Liberty got the idea of throwing out the tea into the Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party had a prodigious impact on the colonies politically, economically, and socially which altered the course set for America.
The move made it difficult for firms as the cost of production went up with minimal sales as people abandoned Britain products. In the pretext of widespread opposition in the American colonies that... ... middle of paper ... ...outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775. Adams was particularly struck by the political consequences of the Stamp Act. The riots against the Stamp Act proofed that all Americans regardless of social status had become concerned with their liberties and rights. The aspect of questioning an impending litigation aimed at exploiting Americans was ripe in their minds and was ready to fight for justice.
John Adams once said, “[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.” The affiliation between Britain and its American colonies experienced a steady decline in the time leading up to 1775. The British had more fault in the waning of the relationship because of their Parliamentary Acts, the significant figures, and the conflicts that they sparked that eventually led to the American Revolution. Before 1775, Parliament in Britain had created many new policies and acts that at times infuriated the colonists. The Tea Act of 1773 was passed by Parliament that allowed the British East India Company to export tea to America without having to pay navigation taxes that the colonists had to disburse.
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.
When the British increased taxes in America, the colonists responded with rebellious fury, most notably, the Boston Tea Party, but when Britain lashed back with even more force, it opened the eyes of Americans alike to the oppression they lived under. For years, the American people opted to buy smuggled tea from Holland instead of paying the extra money on a taxed British tea. Not only was tea cheaper from Holland but many Americans did not want to pay the tax and contribute to British rule. When British Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773, it allowed them to provide tea to America for cheaper than the smuggled tea. American tea merchants, unable to compete with this new low price, were put out of business.
Their answer was the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts in the Colonies. The first of these acts was the Boston Port Bill. This bill shut down the Boston Harbor, the livelihood of many Bostonians. It would not re-open until the tea that was dumped could be paid off. Another one of the Intolerable Acts was the Massachusetts Government Act, in which they had to hand their government over to royal officials.
When the colonists heard that the East India Company was selling tea to these cities, almost all of them were furious and wanted England to be aware of it. The patriots worried that they would start liking England because of the better tea prices (Maier 516). Soon tea was shipped to America for distribution to agents of the company, who ... ... middle of paper ... ...me of need, and the passing of the Tea Act only created more resentment and created more resentment towards England. The citizens were feeling that they had no more rights left, and that England was completely taking over their new country so they acted in what has been called the Boston Tea Party. The colonists were outraged by the disrespect they were shown from England.
The New England colonies had fought against these taxes because they believed it wasn’t fair. The Tea Act was enacted to get the British East India Company out of debt by forcing the colonies to buy all imported tea from them. Although the price of tea had gone down, this had created tension between the colonies and Britain. The American colonists were not pleased with this act. In response to the new act they boycotted.
American colonists saw this law as yet another meaning of “taxation without representation” because it meant that they could not buy tea from anyone else without spending a lot more money. There was a bad reaction to the Tea Act. The Tea Act was during the American Revolution. During this time not just only the Tea Act was a major event leading to the Revoluti... ... middle of paper ... ...colonies. It effected the American colonists in many ways.