After the Boston Tea Party, the British parliament passed the Coercive Acts in an attempt to punish the colonists. The colonists staged further acts of protest and convened the first Continental Congress, which protested the tea tax and organized a boycott of British goods. Tensions continued to build until the American Revolutionary War broke out.Continue Reading
During the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, a group of American colonists threw three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor to illustrate their opposition to taxation without representation. The resulting legal punishments were called the Coercive Acts by the British and the Intolerable Acts by the Americans. The Boston Port Act closed Boston Harbor to shipping until the colonists paid for the tea. The Massachusetts Government Act took away free elections for government positions in favor of appointees by the crown. The Administration of Justice Act allowed British officials accused of crimes to be tried outside Massachusetts. The Quartering Act allowed the British governor to house British troops in unoccupied colonial buildings.
The Intolerable Acts led to increased American cooperation in resisting British rule. Discord between the British forces and colonists continued to increase until, in April 1775, it erupted in open warfare at the battles of Lexington and Concord, which are commonly considered the opening battles of the Revolutionary War.Learn more about US History
The Boston Tea Party was a political protest held in Boston on December 16, 1773, where a group of demonstrators, dressed up as Native Americans, destroyed a large shipment of tea sent by the British East India Company. The protest, held by the Sons of Liberty, triggered a series of events that culminated in the American Revolutionary War two years later.Full Answer >
In the Boston Massacre of 1770, a riot broke out between British soldiers and a mob of dissatisfied colonists. Five people were killed in the attack.Full Answer >
After the Boston Massacre, colonists were largely outraged at what they saw as a vicious attack on unarmed civilians. Supporters of the Patriot movement were quick to capitalize on this, and they released engravings and written accounts of the incident designed to portray the British soldiers in the most negative light possible. The incident was regularly cited in the years between the massacre and the War of Independence.Full Answer >
Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, also known as the Coercive Acts, in response to the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was the colonists' answer to the Tea Act of 1773, which allowed the British East India Company to sell tea directly to the colonists without having to pay the taxes that colonial tea merchants had to pay.Full Answer >