Boston Tea Party | Nam Le
- Was a raid on December 16, 1773
- Patriots dumped crates on tea in the Boston Bay
- Thirteen Original Colonies were under the British Parliament
- Taxed heavily by the British
- Colonists had no representation
The GatheringThis lead to the First Continental Congress, a gathering of representatives from the thirteen colonies. The Patriots came up with the phrase "No taxation without representation" which means that the colonists didn't have a representative to deliver their views of the tax, the British forced it upon them.
The colonists feared that the tea monopoly of the British would put some of their local patriotic merchants out of business. The Patriots got even angrier and decided to take charge themselves.
One-hundred plus Patriots disguised themselves as Indians and boarded the British ship with the hundreds crates of tea. They began tossing crates of tea into the Boston Bay as people watching the dumping cheered them on.
The news of the destruction of tea raised the spirit of resistance among the colonies and kept protesting against the British. The British was so angry at the colonists of Boston they sent 4,000 soldiers to the Boston Port and closed it down. The British also passed the "Intolerable Acts" which was a set of laws that further punished the colonists. Because of these acts the Revolutionary War started 16 months later.
How did the colonists demonstrate their belief system through their protests?
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