Boston Tea Act Essay

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When Britain first passed the Stamp Act colonists began to revolt and went into great upheaval. Colonists didn’t like the idea of being taxed by a country thousands of miles away, and the phrase: “no taxation without representation”, became popular. The colonists eventually got this tax repealed in 1766, one year after its creation. Almost right after the cancellation of the Stamp Act, another set of taxes called the Townshend Acts were put into place. The Townshend Acts placed many materials under tax, objects such as lead, paints, glass, paper, and tea was taxed. These unfair taxes support the claim of America’s justification in declaring independence by showing Britain's unrelenting efforts to gain money from the colonists. Britain…show more content…
They colonist held steady revolts for another two years trying to get this tax repealed, but Britain laid another crushing blow with the Tea Act. The Tea Act was a decree which stated all tea that the colonists received must come from The East India Company, and gave them a monopoly…show more content…
This act was passed for the sole purpose of saving a struggling East India Company. The combination of the Tea Act and pre-existing tax on tea led to an event known as the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party, (which happened in 1773, the same year that the Tea was passed), was an event where millions of dollars of British tea was thrown into the waters of the Boston Harbor. The people of Boston, along with many natives paraded three ships filled with British tea and threw crate after crate of tea into the icy water. Britain reacted by passing the Coercive Acts in 1774, and they aimed to punish America for the Boston Tea Party. The outrageous response to the Boston Tea Party and refusal to repeal all taxes support the claim of America’s justification in declaring independence by showing Britain's lack of interest in the colonist's opinions and portray the colonists as without a vote. Britain could have could have acknowledged the colonist's opinions on unfair taxation in order to avoid the Boston Tea Party. After the Boston Tea Party Britain left a standing army in the streets of Boston. A standing army, also known as the redcoats in the city of Boston. For every four citizens, there was
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