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The story behind the Boston Tea Party - Ben Labaree
Then as Now, the Tea Party Proved Divisive
View All Announcements. Join us Monday, December 16, to celebrate and re-enact the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution—the Boston Tea Party! Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, Ticket holders join an authentic, spirited and theatrical colonial meeting at Old South Meeting House to protest the colonial tax on tea, just as unprecedented numbers of colonists gathered in this very building years ago. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Patriot leaders join in a fiery debate with crown-loving Loyalists in this final attempt to peaceably resolve the crisis as the deadline to pay the tax approaches. Visitors are encouraged to join the debate letting their voices be heard and joining in the vote in the very place where Liberty found her allies! As the town meeting rages inside of Old South Meeting House, join the crowds gathering outside as the Town Crier brings news to the streets.
The Americans were protesting both a tax on tea taxation without representation and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company. The Townshend Acts passed by Parliament in and imposing duties on various products imported into the British colonies had raised such a storm of colonial protest and noncompliance that they were repealed in , saving the duty on tea, which was retained by Parliament to demonstrate its presumed right to raise such colonial revenue without colonial approval. The merchants of Boston circumvented the act by continuing to receive tea smuggled in by Dutch traders. The tea sent to the colonies was to be carried only in East India Company ships and sold only through its own agents, bypassing the independent colonial shippers and merchants. The company thus could sell the tea at a less-than-usual price in either America or Britain; it could undersell anyone else. The perception of monopoly drove the normally conservative colonial merchants into an alliance with radicals led by Samuel Adams and his Sons of Liberty.
View All Announcements. According to some modern estimates, the destroyed tea could have brewed 18,, cups of tea! The destruction of the tea was a very costly blow to the British. Besides the destruction of the tea, historical accounts record no damage was done to any of the three ships, the crew or any other items onboard the ships except for one broken padlock. Great care was taken by the Sons of Liberty to avoid the destruction of personal property — save for the cargo of British East India Company tea.
The American Revolution
You have heard of the Revolutionary War and of the Declaration of Independence and probably see these two events as instrumental in the establishment of the United States of America. But did you ever stop to think about the Boston Tea Party and its effect on our country and the lives that we live today? Few people know just how much the Boston Tea Party has affected our lives today. The British were also trying to regain control of the colonies which they had neglected during the time when their focus was on fighting the war. The British Parliament decided to impose a number of taxes on the colonists in order to repay war debts and to remind the colonists that the British were who they were to remain loyal to.