In the early 1770s, the patriot movement was slowly gaining steam in the colonies. People like Samuel Adams were looking for ways to bolster the movement and resist what they saw as English tyranny. The Boston Non-Importation Agreement — in which area merchants pledged not to buy certain goods from Great Britain, including tea — had collapsed. Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson, whose salary as Governor was augmented by bribes for allowing the smuggling of tea in addition to the British Parliament-imposed tax on tea, wanted to capitalize on the tea business even more. Estimates at the time indicated Americans consumed between 3 million and 6.5 million pounds of tea each year.
The Boston Tea Party By Melanie Myers Professor Randolph Boothe Pharr History 121 November 30, 2011 Topic Outline Thesis Statement: The Boston Tea Party was a significant act of civil disobedience that galvanized Americans around the issue of taxation and helped spark the revolutionary war. I. Introduction II. Background A. What is the Boston Tea Party?
John Dickson’s Arguments against Independence This document is a speech by John Dickinson to the Second Continental Congress about his hesitance about declaring independence. It was spoken on July 1, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during a meeting with the members of the Continental Congress. This speech becomes an important part of the Revolutionary War because of its explanation of all the disadvantages of declaring independence. Before this document, the colonists were rebelling against English rule. In 1773 was the dumping of tea in the Boston Harbor and in June of 1774 the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, were created which frustrated the colonists.
Townshend knew that his program would be controversial in the colonies, but he argued that, "The superiority of the mother country can at no time be better exerted than now." The Townshend Acts were created right after the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was the English parliament taxing stamps on the colonies and it ended by the colonies wanting to have the same rights as the english. Unlike the stamp acts, it took quite some time before the colonists were concerned about it. Soon the colonies started to boycott, this resulted in a decrease in british trade for three years which eventually lead to the Townshend Acts being repealed by the prime minister.
It was on December 16, 1773, when American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians threw 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company from ships into Boston Harbor. Most people have heard about the Boston Tea Party but not everyone understands the importance of it, and why the Tea Party is still remembered today. The events leading to the Boston Tea Party began already ten years before (1763), when the English won the French-and-Indian War. The king of Britain passed taxes on the colonies to make up for the loss of money because of the war. The British-American colonists named the acts after Charles Townshend, who sponsored them.
RUNNING HEAD: The Boston Tea Party 2 During the last half of the 18th century of The American Revolution, which was transpired when thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, merging to become the United States of America. The destruction of tea which is known as the Boston Tea Party was one of the key events in the growth of the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party occurred by Americans during their separation from British Colonies, gaining freedom and independence. In 1775, the Boston Tea Party originated from two issues which involved the British Empire: financial problems of the British East India Company, and a constant dispute about the extent of the Parliament’s authority. The attempt to resolve these issues by the North Ministry resulted in a revolution.
Boston Tea Party The Boston Party is considered to be one of the most brilliant acts of direct protest in history. During the Boston Tea Party at Boston Harbor and dumped over 90,000lbs of tea. The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16; 1773.Samuel Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Thomas Young was all a part of the Boston Tea Party and had lots of influences on it. It was designed to revolt high taxes. It raised its prices and provided the India Company with ownership of the tea.
The colonist acted numerous times to protest against the taxes. Also, there were a group of people known as the Son’s of Liberty whose purpose was to protest whenever needed no matter what it was. The Son’s of Liberty was responsible for “The Boston Tea Party”. This led to violence in the 1760s known as the “Boston Massacre” where the British Soldiers killed five colonists and shot at an angry mob. Additionally, there were battles that included American soldiers and British soldiers at Lexington Concord before the war started.
The Boston Tea Party The liberation of America was not based on one specific event, but the accumulation of many significant events that lead to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was a political protest against the British government and East Indian Company that took place in Boston, Massachusetts on December 16, 1773. American patriots disguised themselves as a Native American tribe called the “Mohawk,” and boarded a ship belonging to the British East Indian Company, dumping 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. Many say it was an act of vandalism and disrespect, but in reality it was one of the many stepping-stones that led to the American Revolution. The event that started as a revolt against the tax policy on tea became an iconic event in American history and led to major tension between the Americans and Europeans.
Despite China attempting to completely control trade with the west within its own boarders, the British maneuvered their way around this agreement by “sending their compradors inland with large stocks of opium that could be exchanged for upcountry tea or Soochow silk.” Around this time, the British were selling roughly 1,400 tons of opium to China per year, despite the sale and use of opium being illegal since 1731. This angered the Qing dynasty, because it was “proved beyond doubt that opium addiction in certain parts of the army had become so serious that the troops were incapable of combat.” By the 1830s the rapid growth of opium imports had reversed China’s balance of trade, producing an outflow of silver and severe currency problems.With their military becoming weaker by the day due to opium addicted soldiers, in 1838, the Emperor of China appointed a highly Confucian commissioner, Lin Zexu to control the opium trade at the port of Canton. His first decision as commissioner was to enforce the permanent halt of drug shipments to China. However, when the British refused, Lin blockaded the British traders in their factories and cut off their food supply. Outraged by the actions of the Chinese, the British sent a large