The Boston Tea Party

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Throughout history there have been numerous events that took place to ensure that America would receive its independence. Some events were small and insignificant while others played a key role for America’s freedom from English rule. One of the most important of these event was the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party is often thought of as just an act of dumping tea into the Boston Harbor. However the night of December 16, 1773 was much more than an act of anger. It was a symbolic act of patriotism that sparked the American Revolution. The reason behind the Boston Tea Party was the unfair taxation that the British Parliament was passing that aggravated the colonists. Since this was the first attempt of the colonists to rebel against the …show more content…
This act began on May 10, 1773 and its main purpose was to save the British East India Company from bankruptcy by selling cheap tea to the American colonies. The British East India Company had to be saved because it was one of Great Britain’s main sources of income. Not only did it provide Great Britain with money because of the pompous amount of trade, but it also provided them with ten percent of the governemnt’s annual revenues (chech if plagurized). The British believed that by enforcing this act they would be helping both the British and the American colonists. However, the colonists were far from happy when they heard about the Tea Act, especially the merchants. Many merchans relied on the smuggling of tea from Great Britain as their source of income. With the Tea Act in place, the merchants would not be able to smuggle any tea, therefore loosing their businesses. The American ships taking part in the tea trade would also be ignored. This aggravated the colonists because only ships owned by the East India Company would carry tea. Most importantly, they did not want to show Great Britain any signs of weakness which would be shown by purchasing the tea (“The Tea Act”). This then lead the colonist to make a change, by taking …show more content…
They all dressed as Mohawk Indians to hide their identity, because destroying the tea was a severe crime and could result in the punishment of death. Therefore, the colonists did all they could to hide their identity. As Joshua Wyeth said: “To prevent discovery we agreed to wear ragged clothes and disfigure ourselves, dressing to resemble Indians as much as possible, smearing our faces with grease and lamp black or soot, and should not have known each other except by our voices ”(qtd. in “The Boston Tea Party”). The leaders of each group asked the Captains of the Dartmouth, Beaver, and Elanor to open the hatches to the cargo decks. Then they hauled up all the cargos onto the main deck and for the next three hours dumped over 45 tons of tea into the Boston Harbor (“The Boston Tea Party”). This resulted in the vengeance of the British

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