Boston Tea Party Research Paper

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Jieun Choi Professor Milne American History and Culture 12 May 2015 The Boston Tea Party Let us say that your favorite food is produced overseas. Instead of importing the food directly from the country, with much higher taxes you have to buy the food via another country that has a monopoly on the food. Worse yet, the tax is imposed even without your consent. How would you respond to this? This is similar with what colonials were facing in the 17th century. They were not allowed to import Black Tea from India or China but only from Great Britain since the British government gave the East India Company a monopoly on the importation of tea. The increased tax, however, was the tip of the story. The causes of the Boston Tea Party were more…show more content…
What infuriated the colonists was not the increased tax but the fact that their representatives were not present in the process of revising taxes. Britons and British Americans agreed that, according to the constitution, British subjects could not be taxed without the consent of their elected representatives. In Great Britain, this meant that taxes could only be levied by Parliament. Colonists, however, did not elect members of Parliament, and so American Whigs argued that the colonies could not be taxed by that body. Although Parliament lifted some of taxes on colonists, it still taxed on tea without consent of their elected representatives. As a result, it triggered the Boston Tea Party. The slogan, “No taxation without representation,” summarized a primary grievance of the American colonists which was one of the major causes of the American…show more content…
The furious royal government responded to the "Boston Tea Party" by the Intolerable Acts of 1774, practically eliminating self-government in Massachusetts and closing Boston's port. The news of the destruction of the tea raised the spirit of resistance in the colonies. With this act, the colonists started the violent part of the revolution. It was the first attempt for the colonists to resist violently against the Great Briton. It was when all the colonists realized for the first time that they were treated wrong by the British government. The Boston Tea Party was an important step towards the independence movement, which was resting in the head of each colonist. They all flew from their mother country to start a new life in a new world, but the British government didn't give them the possibility by controlling them. The following events including the American Revolution were created by the snowball

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