Timeline of Events of the Boston Tea Party

  • Parliament passes the Sugar Act

    Parliament passes the Sugar Act
    This act lowered the tax on imported molasses. Britain hoped that the colonists would pay this tax instead of smuggling goods.
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    Timeline of Events of the Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party was a major event in our country's history. It strengthened the movement for American Independence and was one of the major events that led to the American Revolution.
  • The Stamp Act

    Stamp Act: The Stamp Act taxed the colonists directly. It taxed all printed materials such as newspapers, wills, and playing cards. Colonists opposed this act for two main reasons. First, it taxed the colonists directly, and secondly, they were being taxed without their own consent.
  • The Quartering Act of 1765

    The British further angered American colonists with the Quartering Act, which required the colonies to provide barracks and supplies to British troops.
  • The Townshend Revenue Act

    The Townshend Acts taxed imported goods such as glass, paper and tea. This tax was paid at the port of entry.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre: When colonists threatened the British soldiers, they fired back at the Bostonians killing 5 people. This event was used as propaganda to influence more people to support the patriot cause
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, would launch the final spark to the revolutionary movement in Boston. The act was not intended to raise revenue in the American colonies, and in fact imposed no new taxes. It was designed to prop up the East India Company which was floundering financially and burdened with eighteen million pounds of unsold tea. This tea was to be shipped directly to the colonies, and sold at a bargain price.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    On December 16, 1773, three British ships carrying tea docked in the Boston Harbor. A group of colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians, boarded the three ships and threw 342 crated of tea overboard.
  • Coercive Acts

    To punish the colonies for the Boston Tea Party, King George III passed a series of laws that came to be known as the Coercive Acts in 1774.