The Boston Tea Party

By: Gavin Wagner

The Beginning

On May 10th, 1773 England passed the Tea Act to the Colonies to be able to undersell in such away that the smugglers couldn't under price it. In September 1773 the East India Company, from England, sent 500,000 pounds of tea. They sent the tea to the selected city's Boston, New York, Charleston, and Philadelphia.

Refusal

The Patriot groups in each city refused the tea shipments. The first tea ship, Dartmouth, reached Boston November 27th, and two more arrived shortly. Several mass meetings were being held to send the tea back to England. Tension mounted as Patriot groups led by Samuel Adams went to persuade the governor to send the tea back. On December 16th a meeting was held at Old South Church was told of the Finial refusal of sending the tea back.

The "Sons Of Liberty"

In Boston in the summer of 1765 a group of shop owners and workers who called themselves "The Loyal Nine", where angered at the Stamp Act. The group grew and it changed its name to the "Sons Of Liberty".

The Tea Dumping

About midnight, Adams and a small group of "Sons Of Liberty". Disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded the ships and dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor. It took approximately 2-3 hours

Quotes

"Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families." by Benjamin Rush

Resources

Resources

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