Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

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  • Tea Act
  • In 1773 Committees of Correspondence began writing about the Tea Act a new law passed by Parliament. This act said that one British company-the East India Company-would be the only company allowed to sell tea to the colonies. If you owned a store in the colonies you would have to buy you tea from the East India Company.
  • The colonists didn't like the idea of being forced to buy tea from one company so the said no ships carrying British tea would be allowed to unload on any colonial port. On the night of December 16, members of the Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Mohawks sailed out to three ships carrying British tea and dumped them into the Boston Harbor. This act became known as the Boston Tea Party.
  • The colonist got punished for this act from Britain. The were punished with something called the Intolerable Acts. These laws had the colonist forced to do things like feeding and housing British soldiers, they were ruled by British general Thomas Gage, and they were forced to pay for the tea they destroyed.
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