This Day In History Dec 16 1773
On this date, December 16 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. This was in response to the British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773. This act was a way to save the troubled East India Company. It lowed the the company's tea tax, thereby creating a tea monopoly The low tax made English tea so cheap, that even smuggled tea could not compete.
Upon arrival of the three tea bearing ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, the colonists demanded the tea return to England. Well, that wasn't about to happen.After the Governor of Massachusetts refuse, Samuel Adams (wonder if he had a beer first) organized 60 members of The Sons Of Liberty to dump the tea overboard on December 16, 1773. The total cost of tea dumped was about $18,000 worth.
Highly upset. Parliament enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774.The new acts essentially closed Boston harbor to merchant shipping. It made British officials immune to any form of criminal punishment. It also required the Americans to quarter the British troops. Talk about sleeping with the enemy.These actions by the
British led to the unification of the colonists to revolt against English rule.
That was today's history lesson. I suggest you print this out and study. There will be a test later this week. I'm available for extra help if needed.
In honor of today, I suggest everyone consume one cup of tea. Just make sure it isn't English tea.
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