**The Boston Tea Party**
"No Taxation Without Representation"
*Who was in the Boston Tea Party?*
Samuel Adams was born in Boston on September 27, 1722. In 1773, he led the town of Boston to raid the 3 ships from British full of tea. He helped and led the Tea Act with dumping the 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.
*What was the Boston Tea Party?*
In 1767, the British parliament put taxes on their imports to America. Some colonists thought that this was illegal and they wouldn’t follow the rules, and didn’t pay the tax. The British Parliament found this out and stopped putting taxes on everything except their tea. Then in 1773, Parliament passed the Tea Act, which would help make a British trading company (East India Company) to get out of debt. This made the tea able to be sold for cheaper in America, so the British trading company could bring them to America and make more money. The trading company gained lots of money, and the colonists were afraid that this would put some of the local tea sellers out of work, since the imported teas were at such a low price. They also thought that if they bought the tea from the British that they would put even more taxes on goods]
In December 1773, British ships carried 500,000 pounds of tea from the East India Company to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charles Town. The citizens didn’t want this tea to come, thinking that it would kill the American profits and get everyone out of business. The Sons of Liberty made plans to stop the tea. In Boston, the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans, or Mohawks, and ran to the ships filled with tea. They tipped the 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. Because of this, Parliament passed the Coercive Acts, which were so harsh that they were renamed the Intolerable Acts.
*When was the Boston Tea Party?*
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773.
*Where did the Boston Tea Party take place?*
The Boston Tea Party happened in 3 British ships in the Boston Harbor.
*Why did the Boston Tea Party take place?*
The Boston Tea Party took place because the colonists did not want to have to pay taxes on the British tea. They were afraid that Britian would take over America, and they wanted to rule their own country. They thought that the tea would put all of the colonists out of buisness.
*How...cause and effect*
The effect of the Boston Tea Party was that the British passed the Intolerable acts, which were very harsh and cruel to the people of Boston.
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