This day in history 12161773   the boston tea party

The Events Leading to the Boston Tea Party

  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was passed by the Parliament. The act increased the cost of goods that were not from the British like molasses and rum which were the goods that were mainly exported.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The first direct tax on Americans was due to the Stamp Act and this was established so that the tax would be used to pay for British troops who were stationed in the colonies. This ignited a protest by the colonist because they believed that this new act went against the British Constitution.
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act of 1765 was passed in order to provide housing options for troops who were stationed in the colonies. They also had to provide barracks and supplies for them. Many colonists felt like this act violated their Bill of Rights.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    There was some sort of mob or street fight, and the soldiers were trying to contain it. But British guards shot into a crowd of unarmed civilians which killed 3 men and injured 8. This later became to be known as the Boston Massacre. There was already a divide between the British and the Americans due to all the acts against them and now this tragedy was added into the mix.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Tea Act was passed in 1773 which essentially gave all control of the trade and delivery of tea to the East India Tea Company. Similar to the Stamp Act the British also needed money so they added a tax on tea as well. According to the official Tea Act document it states, "...the said united company of merchants of England trading to the East Indies are obliged to give security, under their common seal, for payment of the duties of customs upon all unrated goods imported by them..."
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The colonists have had enough of all the laws set in place that affected them specifically. Men who were disguised as Indians dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor as a political protest. This was the first major revolt against British rule. The colonist thought it was finally time for them to gain independence from Great Britain so the Boston Tea Party was one of the main events that sparked the American Revolution.