Can You Describe The Boston Tea Party In Three Sentences?


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The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by Boston, Massachusetts residents against the British government.
The 1765 Stamp Act incensed passions regarding British decisions on taxation of the colonies with no corresponding representation in the Westminster Parliament ("no taxation without representation"). One of the protesters was John Hancock. In 1768, his sloop Liberty was seized by customs officials and he was charged with smuggling. He was defended by John Adams and eventually the charges were dropped, though he later faced several hundred more indictments.
Hancock organised a boycott of tea from China sold by the British East India Company, whose sales in the colonies then fell from 320,000 pounds to 520 pounds. American women played a large part in the boycott and it is one of the first times women collectively attempted to influence public policy in the Colonies. By 1773 the Company had high debts, huge stocks of tea in warehouses, and no prospect of selling it because smugglers such as Hancock were importing tea without paying duty. The British Government passed the Tea Act, which allowed the East India Company to sell tea to the colonies without the usual colonial tax, thereby allowing them to undercut the prices of the colonial merchants and smugglers.
The ships carrying tea were prevented from landing as most American ports turned the tea away; at Boston, however, the East India Company had the assistance of the governor - preparations were made to forcibly land the tea under the protection afforded by British armed vessels.
On December 16, 1773, the night before the tea was due to be landed, the Sons of Liberty, a group of about 60 local Boston residents organized by Samuel Adams, burst from the South Meeting House and headed towards the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver all dressed as Native Americans. All three ships were carrying tea and lying off Griffin's Wharf. Dressed as Mohawks, the men boarded the ships and began destroying the cargo. By 9 PM, with only one incident, they had smashed 342 crates of tea in all three ships and had thrown them into Boston Harbor. They took off their shoes, swept the decks, and made each ship's first mate attest that they had destroyed only the tea. The whole event was remarkably quiet and peaceful.
This act drew criticism from colonial and British figures. For instance, Benjamin Franklin stated that the destroyed tea must be repaid and offered to repay with his own resources. The British Government responded by closing the port of Boston (see Intolerable Acts).
The Boston Tea Party was one event which led up to the American Revolutionary War. The British East India Company eventually resolved the balance of payments problem caused by tea by selling opium to China, an act which led to the Opium War.
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Aisha answered
The Boston Tea party was an incident that occurred on December 1773 and triggered the American revolution. In this incident the American colonists and the sons of liberty in particular destroyed many crates of tea on the Boston Harbor. It was against the action of The Governor of East India Company Hutchinson in Boston.
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The Boston Tea Party was when men, disguised as Mohawk Indians, dumped tea into the local Boston Harbor

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Men got together in the continental congress, planned to throw the tea over board on the british ships.  Then they dressed like indians to hide their identities.  Then threw all of the tea over into the bay, and did not take any of it.
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Um....the boston tea party is a very important part of our american history and was welcomed as an amazing feature and became famous in 1874.
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It started on a ship

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