Who Was Involved In The Boston Tea Party?
The revolutionary organization Sons of Liberty was involved in the execution of the Boston Tea Party.
The tea party took place on the night of the 16th of December 1773.
The famous patriotic leader Samuel Adams led the historic event and was executed by around 116 members of the organization.
As resistance to the unjust Tea Act of 1773, the organization’s patriots threw away 342 chests of tea into the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Boston Harbor.
While executing the historic incident, patriots wore dresses like native Americans (Red Indians).
A giant English company named the “British East India Company” brought this large quantity of tea. Especially, they were targeting to sell the product in the 13 North American colonies.
But when the incident took place, it led East India Company to heavy economic losses. The loss’s current valuation is around 1.8 million USD.
Therefore, to punish the colonists for the sin, the next year (1774), the British government passed five punitive laws.
The parliament of Great Britain named them the Coercive Acts. However, colonists named them the Intolerable Acts. Because they believed those laws were violating their rights of living like British citizens.
But whatever the parliament of Britain and King George III did, it proved not as their clever decision.
Because their action led the whole game to the Revolutionary War of independence. As a final result, the British Empire had to lose all 13 colonies forever.
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A Short Introduction To Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty was America’s most popular rebel organization. The patriotic leader Samuel Adams founded it in 1765.
The organization mainly focused on fighting against the British government’s imposing unfavorable taxation acts.
During the time of the 1765’s Stamp Act, the organization played a vital role in repealing it.
What Caused The Boston Tea Party?
In short, the tea party was the result of the British government’s Taxation Without Representation formula.
Actually, the people in the 13 colonies had no representatives in the parliament of Great Britain.
Although for a long time, colonists had been demanding the British government to allow their own leaders in London’s parliament; but, they had always been denying it.
American colonists often argued, if the British parliament create laws for them, they must have their own representatives in the parliament.
In 1773, the English parliament passed a Tea Act to monopolize the North American Colonies’ entire tea market via their East India Company.
To make that agenda possible, they specifically reduced the taxes on the company’s imports of tea. For this reason, the prices of the tea that the company used to import significantly reduced.
However, not everyone was happy with that formula. Especially, the merchants and shippers of the colonies already associated with the tea business got highly threatened and angry.
They started protesting against this bad discriminatory law. Many even said the parliament was trying to re-validate 1767’s Townshend Acts.
Finally, after all these incidents, on 16th December 1773, as an act of resistance to the Tea Act, patriots from the Sons of Liberty executed the Boston Tea Party.
However, after that, the parliament passed 5 punitive laws to punish the colonists.