Boston Tea Party

By: Allie W. and Preston B.

What is the Boston Tea Party?

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest against taxes by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. The Tea Act put a tax on American tea trade. The colonists had enough with the British taxing the colonists. A group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three British tea ships. They began to dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Background Info

The colonists were angry because they didn't have a voice in Parliament and believed that the laws and taxes were unfair. The colonies were used to salutary neglect and making their own laws. When Great Britain all the sudden started creating rules and taxes on everyday items, the colonists were furious. They hoped that this protest would make the British repeal some of the taxes.

Effects

Great Britain's economy began to fall after they dumped around 10000 euros worth of tea into the Harbor. The king was outraged by the Boston Tea Party and issued the Intolerable Acts. This worsened the relations between the colonists and the crown. Colonists began to get more and more furious with Great Britain. This eventually led to the American Revolution.

Responses

The Patriots continued to boycott other taxed objects and protest. The Loyalists were upset with the colonists for dumping all the tea in the harbor. The Loyalists were colonists who believed in what the British was doing.