American revolution 1

American revolution 1

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  • Cause: The Tea act happened because of Britain needing money to pay for the French & Indian war. They taxed colonists and when they refused to pay, Britain ran out of money. So when the king's close friend in the British East India Company said he was overstocked with tea. The King bought this tea hoping to sell it to the colonist for very cheap but taxing it. This act put many importers out of business so the colonists got mad. They stole tea from one of the boats, and dumped it into the harbor as a political movement to show the British that they don't need them.
  • Effect: The colonists were so angry about this that many boycotted tea altogether and some bought only domestically produced tea even though that tea was more expensive than the British tea with the tax added to it. In order to show their anger at the tea tax, several colonists dressed as Indians and went aboard a British ship that was about to unload a cargo of tea. They threw the tea into the waters of Boston Harbor in what is now known as the Boston Tea Party.
  • Cause:Great Britain needed money to pay its debts from waging the Seven Years War with France. Since on offshoot of this war was the French and Indian War in North America and since Britain felt it had protected the colonies from being taken over by France, that the colonize should share in paying for that protection. Many oppressive taxes were imposed in England as well in order to pay for the cost of the war, so Britain had no uneasiness about imposing taxes on the colonies too.
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