Boston Tea Party

  • On December 16th, thousands of Bostons people and farmers from the countryside around it packed into the Old South Meeting house to hear Samuel Adams. Adams denounced the Governor for denying clearance for vessels wanting to leave with tea still on board. After his speech they threw 90,000 pounds of tea over board.


  • In 1767 the British Parliament imported taxes on several items sent to America. Many colonists considered these taxes to be illegal and were not going to pay them. In 1770, the British government repealed all the duties except for one on imported tea. In 1773,the Parliament passed the Tea Act to help get the East India Trading Company out of financial trouble. This act enabled the company to sell tea in America at a good price. Colonists were afraid that the tea monopoly would put some of their patriotic merchants out of business. Also the colonists thought that if they paid the tax on tea that the British would impose other taxes on them to.

  • Various colonies made plans to prevent the East Indian Company from landing its cargoes in colonial ports. In ports other than Boston, agents of the company were persuaded to resign, and new shipments of tea were either returned to England or they were warehoused. The agents refused to resign and and with the support of the royal governer they were prepared to make land incoming cargoes regarless of opposition.

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