December 9, 2017
Most Americans have heard of the Boston Tea Party that occurred on December 16, 1773, and know it was a response to the Tea Act passed by Parliament. However, the patriots did not destroy thousands of pounds of tea because of one piece of legislation. It was the result of years of a government refusing to listen to the people.
When Parliament instituted the Stamp Act in 1765 on the colonists while refusing to allow them representation in the governing body, patriots starting fighting back under the Liberty Tree. Samuel Adams organized the Boston branch of the Sons of Liberty, and led a resistance of “ No Taxation Without Representation” that continued until the Revolutionary War.
As tea was a growing desired commodity in America, Parliament sought ways to utilize its trade to generate revenue. They passed laws which collected a 25% import tax from the British East India Company, who was forced to sell their tea to Britain at auction at wholesale prices...READ MORE
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