Today in History: The Boston Tea Party Takes Place

Today in History: The Boston Tea Party Takes Place

The Boston Tea party was an event that took place while the U.S. still suffered under the stern rulership of Great Britain.

In the early 1770s, when Great Britain found itself deeply in debt they applied heavy taxes on the 13 colonies.

American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by Britain, into the harbor. This incident which took place on December 16, 1773, is known as the Boston Tea Party.

It was the first major act of defiance to British rule of the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans will not tolerate taxation and tyranny.

The colonists began rallying and gathering American patriots across the 13 colonies who wanted to fight for freedom. This led to the Revolutionary War in which the colonies successfully defeated their mother country and gained their independence.  

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