Boston Tea Party: Turning Point In The Lead Up To The American Revolution

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“To what extent was the Boston Tea Party (1773) and the Tea Act (1773) the turning point in the lead up to the American Revolution?” The American Revolutionary War began on the 19th of April 1775 and ended on the 3rd of September 1783. The main cause of the revolution was the dissatisfaction the colonists had with British rule, mostly due to the taxation without representation. Many events are considered main factors in the lead up to the revolution such as the implementation of the Sugar Act (1764) and The Boston Massacre (1770), but the event that was the turning point of the American rebellion of British reign was The Boston Tea Party (1773), in response to The Tea Act (1773), this act of rebellion showed Britain that America will no longer put up with the taxation without representation and the unnecessary legislation imposed upon them. Therefore the Boston Tea Party was, to a great extent, the turning point in the lead up to the revolutionary war.
The Tea Act was a direct tax on the colonies to raise money for the war debt. This act followed The Stamp Act of 1765, which required Americans to buy special watermarked paper and stationary. These acts provoked the colonists to react with movement, in which they made pamphlets that condemned the act on the ground of
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Samuel Adams was among those who helped plan and organise Boston’s resistance to the tea act, he also played a key role in the planning of the Tea Party. This radical opposition to the governments act showed Britain that the colonists did not take the threat on their American tea lightly. That being said, this violent resistance made Britain exert even more dominance over the colonies, which resulted in a cycle of resistance by the colonists and dominance by the British. This dominance led to the Boston Tea Party taking place and ultimately led America on the path to

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