Boston Tea Party

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Samuel Adams and John Hancock were second cousins. Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and a founding father. Adams was opposed to the Tea Act. Adams and the Boston Committee of Correspondence rallied for support against the Tea Act. Adams wrote a letter calling for a mass meeting to be held and thousands of people arrived at the Old South Meeting House. On December 16th 30-130 men left the meeting and ran to the harbor and destroyed 342 chests of tea into the war which is now known as the Tea Party. The Bengal Famine of 1770 was a catastrophic famine that affected the lower plain of India, Bangladesh and parts of Assam, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand. The famine occurred due to the British East India Company’s policies in Bengal. They raised taxes from 10-50% and starved the populace to get the maximum profits. Nevertheless, the company continued to suffer financially, and influenced Parliament to pass the Tea Act in 1773 to lift import duties on tea shipped to the American colonies, which ultimately lead to the American War of Independence in April 1775. John Hancock was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of Massachusetts. Hancock began his political career in Boston as a protégé of Samuel Adams, an influential local politician, though the two men later became estranged. Hancock was elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolved that anyone who supported the Tea Act was an "Enemy to America". Hancock and others tried to force the resignation of the agents who had been appointed to receive the tea shipments. Hancock was at the fateful meeting on December 16, where he reportedly told the crowd, "Let every man do what is right in his own eyes." Hancock did not take part in the Boston Tea Party
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