Boston Tea Party

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An engraving of American colonists dressed as Native Americans throwing 342 trunks of the cargo that was on the British tea ships into Boston Harbour on December 16, 1773.[1]

The Boston Tea Party was a violent protest by American colonists against King George III's rule in America. It happened on December 16, 1773.[2]

The Boston Tea Party was an act of protest against the British for the Tea Act. The Americans had no one to speak for them in the British government. They were frustrated that they were being taxed by the government but had no part in how the government was run. They did not think it was right to pay taxes when they did not have a representative in the government ("No taxation without representation!"). Also, merchants selling their goods would lose their profit because of the taxes. The Americans began purchasing smuggled goods, which were much cheaper.

To show how angry they were, Samuel Adams, the leader of a group called, The Sons of Liberty, dressed up as Native Americans and went onto ships in the Boston Harbour. They took boxes of tea and dumped them into the water. The British government was enraged from the act and made even stricter laws for the people of the Massachusetts colony. One of these laws was the Intolerable Acts, which closed Boston Harbour until the colonists paid for all the tea they dumped.

The Boston Tea Party was one of the main events that started the American Revolutionary War.

David Kinnison [1764[?]-1852] who served briefly in the American Revolution [3][4] also claimed to have been a member of the Boston Tea Party.[5]...although he would have been only 9 years old at the time!

References[change | change source]

  1. Alexander, Revolutionary Politician, 125–26
  2. Labaree, Benjamin Woods (1979). The Boston Tea Party. Boston: Northeastern University Press. pp. 141–144. ISBN 0930350057.
  3. "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the American revolution Vol 9 p.124".
  4. "Kennierson, David. Return of recruits sent by Massachusetts as portion of her quota of the Continental Army subsequent to Jan. 1, 1781, who were reported unfit for duty; 2d Mass regt.; age 17 years.; statute 4 ft. 9 in.; enguaged for town of Lebanon; term 3 years; reported under size." {Ibid.p.124}
  5. "David Kinnison's Tea Party". Retrieved April 25, 2018.

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