Boston Tea Party

In one of the iconic events that sparked the American Revolutionary War, the Boston Tea Party, a group of angry colonists, dumped tea into the Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773, to protest Britain's heavy taxes.

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How did the Boston Tea Party affect the colonists?

The British shut down the Boston Harbor which hurt their economy vastly.

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What were the british fighting styles during the 1700's?

The British "red coats" were so feared at this time that they would march to large fields to meet their foe and due battle only during daylight hours. They would fight face to face, officers in the far rear of the battle. Any officer up in the fight was not allowed to be attacked. The Minutemen changed all that, starting in the trip back from Lexington and Concord (shot heard round the world).

The British fighting style that led to their domination of the world was only being developed during the 1700's.

With the introduction of firearms armies had developed a style of set piece battles where companies of drilled men would confront each other, musketeers protected from calvary by pikemen. During the civil wars in the 1740's between the Stuarts and Hanoverians in England and Scotland the bayonet had replaced the pike effectively making the musketeer his own defender. The English troops first suffered many defeats when they became overwhelmed by the intensity of the Highlanders charge. At Culloden in 1845 the British infantry were given a new instruction. They were not to defend against the man attacking them but to kill the man who was attacking the soldier on the right because he would not be able to use his shield to defend himself.

This tactic worked and the English gained more confidence in their ability to resist a frontal attack. By the end of the century the English had recruited many of their former enemies into highland regiments and now used the fury of the Highland charge as their own assault weapon in a combined British army.

This reflected the ancient fighting styles of the Saxons who fought behind a wall of shields with spear and axe and the celts who often put all their energy into one furious charge.

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What did the Boston Tea Party demonstrate?

The Boston tea party demonstrated an act of defiance.

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What did the Boston Tea Party clearly demonstrate?

The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts.

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What did the tea party in the 1700s do?

The Tea Party in 1773 was when natives of Boston dumped tea into the Boston Harbor to oppose a British measure for direct imports of taxed tea.

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Why was slavery involved in the Boston Tea Party?

It was not slavery in the usual sense. It had to do with the Tea Act, and legally imported tea versus smuggled tea. It was allowing for the creation of monopolies, and was pushing smaller dealers out of business. The smaller businesses were having their products seized. Due to certain chains of events, Benjamin Rush made the statement that the seized tea contained "the seeds of slavery."

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Where can you find information about the second Boston Tea Party?

The first Boston Tea Party is the one we learn about in all of the history books at school. It occured on December 16, 1773, and involved a group of patriots disguised as native Americans. However, there was a second Boston Tea Party. It occured four months later, on March 7, 1774. Sixteen more containers of tea were thrown into the harbor. Compared to the 342 (90,000 pounds) of tea thrown over the first time, it was a much smaller incident. It is generally much more difficult to find information on the second tea party specifically. It is usually briefly mentioned in conjunction with articles on the Boston Port Act.

There are some bits of information at the related link(s) below.

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Where was the 'Liberty Tree' located in Boston?

I believe the original Liberty Tree was located on the corner of Essex and West streets. There is currently a plaque on a building denoting this fact. If you were looking for the aluminum version of the Liberty Tree, it used to be located in Danvers at the center court of the Liberty Tree Mall until about eight or ten years ago.

yes and no it is in Boston and after the Boston tea party a the sons of liberty came and hung candles from this tree

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Who was Massachusetts' royal governor at the time of the Boston Tea Party?

He demanded the tea be unloaded and that the people pay the taxes on the tea.

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How long was the Boston harbor closed in 1775?

I'll put it this way: The British never re-opened it. When they left in March of 1776, it was opened again.

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How did the Boston Tea Party change US?

It didn't change it.They didn't dress up. This is part of the fable. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts.

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How do you get into Dartmouth?

you apply. you need to be smart. then you get in

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What is Keemun tea?

The name Keemun comes from Qi Men in southern An Hui province. This tea was created in 1875 during the Qing Dynasty and quickly gained popularity especially in England. For taste, Keemun is considered matchless, and regarded as one of the three best fragrant teas in the world. A harmonious combination of fruity, flowery and smoky flavors gives this tea a very unique and intriguing flavor.

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Where was the tea from Boston Tea Party?

Boston, Massacheusetts

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Why did the patriots dress up as Mohawks during the Boston Tea Party?

They didn't dress up. This is part of the fable. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts.

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What happens after the Boston Tea Party?

The King of England, places troops in Boston and gives them the ability to enter homes, take residence, and to lock up anyone that disrespects them in anyway. The King also closed the Port of Boston for a short time.

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What did king george 3 punish Boston with after the Boston tea party?

King George was very upset with Boston and tightened security in all major port cities.

He created the Intolerable Acts which: 1. closed Boston Harbor so food couldn't get in or out 2. said colonists couldn't hold town meetings without government approval 3. reinforced the New Quartering Act so colonists HAD to house British troops

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What was the tax percentage paid by colonists to the British at the time of the Boston Tea Party in 1773?

It was completely negligible because the Parliament had repealed all the takes levied on the colonies with the sole exception of a small one on tea. The colonists objection was not to the size of the tax but to its very existence. Having no representation in Parliament, if they granted it the power to tax them at all, then there was nothing to stop a completely negligible level of taxation from becoming utterly ruinous. Michael Montagne

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The Intolerable Acts

What were the intolerable acts of 1774?

The "Intolerable Acts" were the name given to five laws that were designed as punishment of the American colonies by King George III and Parliament. They were enacted in 1774.

(See below and the related links for information about each of the acts.)

  • Boston Port Act
  • Administration of Justice Act
  • Massachusetts Government Act
  • Quartering Act- Forced the colonists to house "quarter" British troops.
  • Quebec Act

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The Intolerable Acts (or Coercive Acts), were passed after the Boston Tea Party, the 1773 act by radical colonists who broke into three East India Company tea ships and destroyed 342 chests of tea. (This was done to protest the Tea Act of 1773.) Enraged, the British Parliament instituted the five Coercive Acts to punish the mutinous colonists. The colonists, however, were even more angered by the new acts, which stripped the colonist of many freedoms and replaced them with limitations.

  • The Boston Port Bill - June 1, 1774. Closed Boston Harbor to all but British ships until the cost of the Tea Party tea was repaid.
  • The Quartering Act - March 24, 1765. Forced colonists to house and feed the British troops.
  • The Administration of Justice Act - May 20, 1774. British Officials could not be tried in colonial courts for crimes. They would be taken back to Britain and have their trials there.
  • Massachusetts Government Act - May 20, 1774. The British Governor was in charge of Boston, and the colony had no more self-government.
  • The Quebec Act - May 20, 1774, the Canadian borders became off limits to the colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia. The province of Quebec was enlarged southward into the western frontiers.

A series of punitive laws were passed by the British Parliament following the Boston Tea party in 1774. American Patriots referred to these as the Intolerable Acts. Three of these were the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the Declaratory Act of 1766.
The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws sponsored by British Prime Minister Lord North and enacted in 1774 in response to the Boston Tea Party. The laws were these:
  • Impartial Administration of Justice Act, which allowed the royal governor of a colony to move trials to other colonies or even to England if he feared that juries in those colonies wouldn't judge a case fairly
  • Massachusetts Bay Regulating Act made all law officers subject to appointment by the royal governor and banned all town meetings that didn't have approval of the royal governor
  • Boston Port Act, which closed the port of Boston until the price of the dumped tea was recovered, moved the capital of Massachusetts to Salem, and made Marblehead the official port of entry for the Massachusetts colony.
  • Quartering Act, which allowed royal troops to stay in houses or empty buildings if barracks were not available
  • Quebec Act, which granted civil government and religious freedom to Catholics living in Quebec.

These Acts were the harshest so far of all the Acts passed by Parliament. The closing of Boston's port alone would cost the colony (and the American colonies as a whole) a ton of money. The Regulating Act was aimed at curtailing revolutionary activities. The Quartering Act angered colonists who didn't want soldiers (especially Redcoats) in their houses. And the Quebec Act was a direct insult to Americans, who had been denied the same sorts of rights that the Quebec residents now got.

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Man who organized the Boston Tea Party?

Hancock paid and organized it and had Samuel Adams organize the men.They didn't dress up. This is part of the fable. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts.

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What type of celebrations occur in Boston to honor evacuation day?

I grew up in South Boston, in the shadows of Dorchester Heights, and March 17th being St. Patrick's Day, there were many festivites. The day usually stated with a memorial service at the Heights, and tower monument was open to the public. This is about the only "Evacuation Day" ceremony. The rest of the day was celebrated as a South Boston holiday and St Patrick's Day. The movie theater used to have free cartoons all morning. The boxing Golden Gloves tournament at the South Boston Municipal gym was scheduled. There was always a political roast the eve of St Pat's day held in Southie, which is now held at the convention center. The highlight of the day was the parade. A rather large parade though South Boston, which is a must for politicians. I remember seeing JFK (as a congressman), and Ted Kennedy, and many other Massachusetts politicians in parade. The parade has been moved to Sunday now, in order to keep the crowd tamer (and sober).

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How did the American Revolution affect people?

It affected people because they had to pay taxes and it was going on where they lived.

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What was the short term inpact of The Boston Tea Party?

Britan issued the Intolerable acts and Boston was placed under military rule

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Was the Boston Tea Party retaliation for the Boston massacre?

No. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts. The Boston Massacre happened in 1770 and was a great propaganda tool for men like Paul Revere ( he drew the picture featured in the handbills of the time) who were trying to sway public opinion against the British. The actual events did not happen as were reported and John Adams defended the soldiers who were put on trial ( modern historians have proven the events were different than the myth. See History Channel programs). So, as you can see they were not connected except for the fact it all took place in the colonies.

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What year did the Boston Tea Party happen?

The Boston Tea Party happened in 1773, when patriots dumped tea into the Boston Harbor.

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