Was The Boston Tea Party A Riot?
Yesterday one of our regular readers, named John Hamilton asked us a very interesting question – ‘was the Boston tea party just a riot or the beginning of the American Revolutionary War’?
Well, in our opinion, we can’t answer directly to it as a riot or something else.
Because there are two sides associated with this question. And both of those sides seemed it differently.
One is the British side and another is the American side, who were the patriots also.
So, let’s try to discuss both sides’ points of view.
So, first of all, let’s get into the British side.
In 1773, the British Parliament passed an act, called the ‘Tea Act of 1773’.
Through this act, the British Empire was directly helping their East India Company to monopolize America’s tea market.
Under this law, the British Parliament sought to establish an arrangement whereby the colonists would have to buy tea only from the East India Company and not from anyone else.
Because this Act was legally passed by the Parliament, therefore, according to the British side, it is everyone’s duty to follow the law.
And if any person or organization takes any action against it by opposing it, then it will be considered a crime.
In 1773 on December 16th, the Boston Tea Party happened as a protest or anger against this decision. The incident made massive revenue losses to the British East India Company.
And of course, after that, the British authority considered the incident as a crime. For them, it was not a big deal to call it a riot.
But at the same time, the patriots, who executed that incident considered it a big win against the British government’s unjust decision.
From there side, the Boston tea party was not a riot but the beginning of America’s independence struggle.
So, now you decide yourself was the Boston Tea Party a riot or something else.