In May, 1773, Parliament gave money to
the British East India Company so they could lower their tea
prices. The Americans got mad because the British East India
Company would trade only with pro-British
In September, 1773, the British East
India Company put 500,000 pounds of tea on the market. They
did this because they had so much extra tea on hand, and
many of the members of Parliament were investors in the tea
market. If there was too much tea for sale, tea would be
cheaper and the members of Parliament would lose
The British people in
did not admire this action. They got mad and passed the
Acts as punishment for the
Boston Tea Party. The worst part of these acts was that they
closed the Boston Harbor and said that the city had to pay
for the tea that had been dumped into the harbor.
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The Boston Tea Party took
place on December 16, 1773, when colonists threw
tea into the Boston Harbor. They did this because
they didn't like the British tea taxes.
Three ships had come from
England and wanted to dock in Boston Harbor.
Because the ships wouldn't go back to England,
eighty other men disguised themselves as Natives
Americans and threw all the tea into Boston Harbor.
The Boston Tea Party was the idea of Samuel Adams.
His cousin John
Adams did not
like mob action, but he wrote this about dumping
the tea: "There is a dignity, a majesty, a
sublimity, in this last effort of the patriots that
I greatly admire."
The colonists sang a song about the
Boston Tea Party. It started like this:
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"Rally, Mohawks! Bring out your axes,
And tell King George we'll pay no taxes
On his foreign tea."
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Read an eyewitness
account by George Hewes of the Boston Tea Party