What Was The Boston Port Act?
Boston Port Act was an act passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in 1774 on 31st March.
This was a punitive act, which was created in response to the Boston Tea Party, where on December 16th in 1773 some American revolutionary destroyed 342 chests of British East India Company’s tea throwing at the Boston Harbor, in the Atlantic Ocean.
The tea party incident caused heavy economic losses to the British company.
Present-day, the lost tea value is around 1 million USD.
Therefore to punish them for the guilt, the British Parliament passed a series of 5 laws in the year 1774.
One of them was this ‘Boston Port Act’, which was passed in the year’s 31st March.
But do you know what was included in that act?
Ok, I will explain it to you.
As per this new law, the British Parliament decided that all the trades through Boston Harbor would remain close until the colonists pay compensation for the sin and ask for forgiveness from the British king George the third.
After bringing the law into effect, the British Empire hoped that the colonists will be obligated to do what they wanted.
But as they hoped, it didn’t happen. Contrary their action turned colonists more rebellious, which later provoked them for the Revolutionary War.
Colonists objected not all people from Boston were involved in that incident (Tea Party); so imposing the law on everyone’s head was unconstitutional.
They said, the British Parliament hampering their rights as English citizens; either violating the Bill of Rights.