Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

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  • In the 1760, Britain was deep in debt, so British Parliament imposed a series of taxes on American colonies to help pay those debts. 
  • We are in great debt!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Britain eventually repealed the taxes it had imposed on the colonists, except the tea tax. It wasn't about to give up tax revenue on the nearly 1.2 million pounds of the tea the colonists drank each year.
  • We will repeal the taxes we have imposed on the colonists except the tea tax. 
  • That morning, as thousands of colonists convened at the wharf and its surrounding streets, a meeting was held at the Old South Meeting House where a large group of colonists voted to refuse to pay taxes on the tea or allow the tea to be unloaded, stored, sold or used. (Ironically, the ships were built in America and owned by Americans.)
  • Governor Thomas Hutchison refused to allow the ships to return to Britain and ordered the tea tariff be paid and the tea unloaded. The colonists refused, and Hutchison never offered a satisfactory compromise.
  • That night, a large group of men – many reportedly members of the Sons of Liberty – disguised themselves in Native American garb, boarded the docked ships and threw 342 chests of tea into the water.
  • George Hews, “We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.”
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