Boston Tea Party
By: Maddie

who
The Boston Tea Party involved the colonists, the British Parliament, and the East India Company.
what/how/why
     The Boston Tea Party was the result of many different things. The first was when Parliament passed the Townshend Acts in 1767. The Townshend Acts included a tax on tea, which was representing that Parliament could tax the colonies without their approval. The Townshend Acts were repealed, except for the tax on tea. The Tea Act was passed in 1773 to help the British tea company East India Company get out of bankruptcy. This act made it so East India Company was the only company allowed to sell tea in the colonies, giving them a monopoly. The monopoly allowed them to sell their tea at a ridiculous price. Tea merchants were enraged by the monopoly, so they decided to work with the Sons of Liberty. Samuel Adams led the Sons of Liberty. The Daughters of Liberty said, "Rather than part with freedom, we'll part with tea".Tea merchants refused to accept the tea from East India Company, but the leader in Boston (Thomas Hutchinson) wanted to follow the law. He allowed the three tea carrying ships (the Dartmouth, Eleanor, and Beaver) into the harbor. On the night of December 16th, 1773 60 colonists dressed in headdresses and blankets (to imitate Mohawk Indians) dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The tea was worth 18,000 pounds or $28,829.70 at that time, and $1,000,000 today.

     The Boston Tea Party resulted in Parliament passing the Coercive Acts which closed the Boston Harbor until all the tea that was ruined was paid for. There were also more rules that harshly oppressed the colonists. The Boston Tea Party was a major tipping point towards war for many colonists.
where
Boston, Massachusetts
when
December 16th, 1773



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