What Happened After The Boston Tea Party?
After the Boston tea party, there were two major effects that came out.
First and immediate response came out from the British side, where they started taking tough legal actions against the American colonists and patriots.
And then as a response to the British legal actions, colonists also went more rebellious and tried to exterminate the British Empire from the land of America.
Now, let’s try to dig a little deep that everything gets clear.
The British Side Response After The Boston Tea Party
In one simple sentence, the British authority went tougher to impose more dominating policies on the American colonists; especially in Massachusetts.
After the Boston tea party, the British Parliament passed the Coercive Acts or Intolerable Acts in 1774.
The acts included 5 laws, which were fully against American people’s interests.
Britishers actions through the acts came out something like this:
1. The very first among the five Intolerable Acts was the Boston Port Act (1774).
Under this law, the British Parliament closed all trades through Boston harbor forever.
Their decision was that this port would remain closed until the colonists pay the compensation for that loss.
The decision of the British Parliament made the common citizens of Boston quite unhappy; because the decision was also targeting ordinary people, who were not even involved in that incident.
2. Under the Massachusetts Government Act 1774, the Massachusetts Charter 1691 was fully abrogated.
After this, the local people there would have no role in the governance system of Massachusetts.
From now, the rule of the colony would be fully controlled by the British government.
In Massachusetts, almost all government positions would be appointed by the governor, parliament, or king of Great Britain.
3. The British Parliament re-imposed the Quartering Act to all the colonies.
Here colonists now required to provide British troops housing in their own private homes.
The American people were already against this law since the Quartering Act of 1765, therefore when it was implemented again in 1774; they widely flared up against the British government.
4. They also passed another act, named ‘Quebec Act’, through which they expanded the land area Quebec province of Canada to the Midwest of present day’s America.
Under this law, the British tried to increasing religious distances between Christian Catholics and other communities.
These decisions of the British Government enraged the American colonists too much, which resulted in something like this:
Americans Response To The British Actions
Americans viewed the Intolerable Acts as a foe to their liberty and natural rights.
In response to the British actions, the year 1774 from September 5 to October 26; 12 of the 13 colonies got united in Philadelphia and formed the ‘First Continental Congress’.
Here they took a decision to impose an economic boycott on British trade; until they repeal all the cruel acts (Intolerable acts).
But it made no effect on the British Empire.
Eventually, on April 19, 1775, battles of Lexington and Concord started the American revolutionary war.
In 1775 on May 10, all the 13 American colonies got united in the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
Here they took the decision to prepare for the Revolutionary war and get freedom from the British Empire.
All 13 colonies decided that they would set up their own military.
Now I hope you have got your answer on what happened after the Boston tea party incident.