Boston Tea Party

Essay by arakul600College, UndergraduateB+, January 2009

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Throughout the course of history there have been many events leading up to the independence of America. Some of them were small, where as others were much more significant. One of the more important events was the Boston Tea Party. This was when the colonists, in anger, boarded a ship carrying many chests of fine teas, and hurled them overboard. The Boston Tea Party marked the first act of open resistance to British rule. The Boston Tea Party alone was not the main event that brought America her independence. However it was the larger of many little things that led up to the revolutionary war. It was one of the key events leading up to America's independence.

The events leading to the Boston Tea Party began already ten years before 1763, when the English won the French-and-Indian War. The king of Britain passed taxes on the colonies to make up for the loss of money because of the war.

He did it in a line of acts, called the Sugar Act ( tax to protect and secure the colonists ) and the Stamp Act ( tax on all licences, newspapers and business papers ). The colonists reacted with protests against those acts, what made the British Parliament to repeal the taxes within five months. Then, parliament passed taxes on lead, paint, paper and tea. These acts were called the Townshed Duties, but the colonists called them the Insidious Acts. Mass meetings were held and people tried to influence others not to buy English imported goods anymore. In the end the parliament removed all the taxes except for tea. Actually the colonists easily didn't want to accept, to pay taxes to a government, they don't really belong to anymore. Although this tax on the tea cost a colonial family just pennies...