The Boston Tea Party: Political and Mercantile Protest

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There were several different events that I considered discussing during the studied time frame, but the major historical event that most intrigued me the most is the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was a political and mercantile protest led by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was a result of the Tea Act that was put into place by the British Government.

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The Tea Act was granted by the British to help reduce their national debt therefore, placing a tax on the tea in Boston. As a show of protest against the British Parliament’s new tax on their tea, the citizens in Boston dumped crates of tea in the harbor of Boston. Their chant of No taxation without representation became famous and influenced politics moving forward.

The Boston Tea Party happened as a result of Taxation without Representation, yet there are many more complex causes that led up to this Tea Party protest. However, when looking at the history of our great United States of America and the world of protesting that we live in today, this act is what makes this such a significant event and signifies one of the first massive rebellions and the beginning of several fundamental rights that our current democracy allows. The American Colonist believed that Britain was unfairly taxing them for their tea. One main reason they are taxing American Colonists is to help fund the French and Indian War. The colonist had never accepted the increased taxation or liked the constitution and the Tea Act rekindled their opposition to British government.

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