Boston Port Act Social Impact
The Boston Port Act had some major social impacts in the 13 colonies of America; especially in Massachusetts province.
Two of them are:
This law made the common people of Boston emotionally closer to each other.
Not only this but when the relief supplies from South Carolina came to the people of Massachusetts Bay, they emotionally got more unified (inter-colonial unification).
Secondly, on June 1st, all the 13 colonies’ colonists observed a day of mourning, without food (fasting) for showing emotional support to the people of Boston, Massachusetts.
Through this, it became certain that the people from all the 13 colonies have united from both sides (politically and socially).
But What Was The Boston Port Act?
The Boston Port Act was an act by the Parliament of Great Britain, which was intended to close the Boston Harbor of Massachusetts Bay to prevent all the trades that happened through it.
The British Parliament passed it on 31st March 1774 to punish the people of Boston, Massachusetts province for the happening of the Boston Tea Party.
Actually, in 1773, the English Parliament passed an act, called the ‘Tea Act’ for dominating the 13 colonies’ entire tea market.
But this act was completely against the interests of American colonists; especially it affected colonies’ local merchants and shippers.
Therefore, showing resistance to the bad law, some patriots from ‘Sons of Liberty’ executed the Boston Tea Party incident on 16th December 1773.
From the next year (1774), for punishing colonists for the event, the English authority brought 5 punitive laws; the Boston Port Act was one of them.
Did You Know?
Through the Boston Port Act, the British authority demanded colonists to pay all the compensation for the loss during the tea party.
Even to humiliate Bostonians, they demanded them to apologize in front of British King George III.
However, colonists disagreed saying that not all the Bostonians were involved in the incident.