The Boston Tea Party

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After the French and Indian War in 1763, tensions were rapidly increasing within the colonies. Despite Great Britain’s incredible victory in the war, they still faced a massive debt of over 122 million pounds. They needed to pay this debt off somehow and, as a result, taxes skyrocketed in the colonies. The American colonists were confronted with dozens of new laws passed by Parliament, of which included the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Intolerable Acts. These taxes passed by British Parliament served to strengthen the colonists’ republican beliefs as well as their opposition to the British imperialists. One of the first laws passed by Parliament to create an uproar among the people was the Sugar Act. The Sugar Act …show more content…
On December 16, 1773 the most major and well-known protest by the Bostonians took place, the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party involved a group of colonists led by Samuel Adams who dressed as Mohawk Indians and came aboard three British tea ships, dumping all of the crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. British officials were outraged by the Boston Tea Party and took drastic measures in order to discipline the colonies, such as the passing of the Intolerable Acts in 1774. The Intolerable Acts were especially harsh on Massachusetts, stripping the colony of its former rights. “The Road to Revolution” by Feross Aboukhadijeh explains how the colonies organized a meeting of the Continental Congress in order to discuss the Intolerable Acts by stating, “The most significant action of the Congress was the creation of The Association; it was a complete boycott of British goods: nonimportation, nonexportation, and nonconsumption—the delegates sough merely to repeal the offensive legislation and return to the days before parliamentary taxation.” (7). However hard the colonies tried to put an end to the Intolerable Acts, it was to no avail because Parliament denied their petitions. The colonists were now enraged with their British superiors and wanted nothing more than their right to freedom. The American Revolution officially began on April 19, 1775 when the colonists battled British troops at Lexington and

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