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1773 – Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

Shortly after the Fundamental Order of Connecticut was written, the American colonies became a profitable venture for the British Crown. The New World was a source of raw materials, and with settlers arriving daily, the colonies boasted a growing labor pool. These factors led the British government to implement a mercantile economic policy in the colonies. However, many colonists felt that this system overtaxed them without giving them the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. These feelings were particularly strong in Massachusetts, where freedom from royal oversight had always been paramount. A group of Bostonian citizens banded together to alter the opinion of the king, and they took the name “Sons of Liberty.”

Of particular concern to the colony of Boston was the taxation of essential goods—paper, wax, sugar, and others—but the increased taxation of tea was the most egregious of all. The Sons of Liberty decided to stage a physical protest of the new tax, and on December 16, 1773, a group of these men, disguised as Native Americans, boarded the British cargo ships and dumped the tea chests into Boston Harbor. The protest became known as the Boston Tea Party. This demonstration set in motion the events that would ultimately lead to the American Revolution.

 

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