Why Was The Boston Tea Party Important?
So, why was the Boston tea party so important to the American Revolution?
Do you have any idea about it?
If not, then no worries.
Because here we are going to answer this question.
In a simple sentence, we can say the Boston tea party ensured an inevitable war between the British Empire and American colonists.
The incident opened the route to the American Revolution and then their independence.
On December month’s 16th, the year 1773; the tea party took place at Boston Harbor.
The day some protestors from the ‘Sons of liberty’ organization boarded on a ship arrived from England carrying a huge amount of tea to America.
The ship carried British East India Company’s tea. But the protestors dumped them all into the heart of the Atlantic ocean at Boston Harbor.
Around 342 boxes of tea got dumped, which was worth around 10,000 pounds at that time.
(Present-day valuation around 1 million pounds)
The defendants were mainly unhappy with the new Tea Act 1773 passed by the British government.
Through this, they directly authorized the East India Company to monopolize America’s whole tea market.
After the happening, the British government started taking some tough actions against American colonists and passed some laws again to punish them.
Those acts were such as:
- The Massachusetts Government Act (1774),
- The Quebec Act (1774),
- The Boston Port Act (1774),
- The Administration of Justice Act (1774),
- The Quartering Act (1774), etc.
Actions through these acts were something like this:
- The British government decided that all the trades would be stopped in Boston until they pay all the tea compensation to the East India Company.
- The British appointed their military commander as the new Governor of Massachusetts; so that the military can easily take strict action against the rebels.
- Through the Quebec Act, the British tried to increase the religious distance between the colonists. Here, they provided to Roman Catholic special facilities.
- Canada’s land area increased to the Ohio River.
- And many more anti-American decisions.
People of all the colonies of America were now getting together against these vengeful policies of the English government.
In the year 1774, on 5th September; First Continental Congress organized in Philadelphia to end all the laws, passed by the British Parliament, and protect the rights of Americans.
At this conference, revolutionists decided that from now, America will stop all trades with Britain and will be an independent country.
This was the incident, after which the whole scenario changes its route to the Revolutionary war.
This is why the Boston tea party is a very important phenomenon of American Revolution history.