The "Spark" that United America

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The Boston Tea Party is considered to be the boiling point in a series of events leading up to the revolutionary war against the British. When a group of devout colonists, boarded British tea ships and unloaded their cargo into the Boston harbor, America would be changed forever. What was, at first, seen as an act of mischievous rebellion, turned out to be one of the most influential events in America's revolutionary history. It not only crippled the already struggling British tea industry, but also, and more importantly, united the American people against British taxation and overall oppression. When the British increased taxes in America, the colonists responded with rebellious fury, most notably, the Boston Tea Party, but when Britain lashed back with even more force, it opened the eyes of Americans alike to the oppression they lived under.

There were several other ferments that had some influence that lead up to the revolutionary war against the British.

In 1770, British troops were sent into Boston to maintain order and to enforce the Townshend Acts. The troops, constantly tormented by irresponsible gangs, finally, on March 5, 1770, fired into a rioting crowd and killed five men. Three of the men were killed on the spot, the other two later died from their wounds. Preston, the British captain of the troop, and six of his men were acquitted by their superiors, two others were found guilty of manslaughter, punished, and discharged from the army. This event, which caused abhorrence toward the British by many Americans, was later referred to as the Boston Massacre. The Stamp Act was another event leading up to the war with the British. It was a revenue law passed by the British Parliament in 1765. It was the first direct tax to be levied on the American...