The Calling of a Tea Act & The Throwing of a Cartel!



The Tea Act, passed by British Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a cartel on tea sales in the American colonies. This was what ultimately compelled the Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to act. They disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians; boarded three ships docked in the Boston Harbor, and destroyed over 92,000 pounds of tea by dumping it into the Boston Harbor.



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Picture45.png3.pngWhat was the Tea Act?
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An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea to any of his Majesty's colonies or plantations in America; to increase the deposit on Bohea tea to be sold at the India Company's sales; and to empower the commissioners of the treasury to grant licenses to the East India Company to export tea duty-free.



On Monday morning, November 29, 1773, a handbill was posted all over Boston, stating the following words: "Friends! Brethren! Countrymen!--That worst of plagues, the detested tea, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in the harbor.
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A member of the Sons of Liberty tried to steal some tea before it was dumped into the harbor. The Sons of Liberty were not happy with this man, so they punished him.

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This is believed to be the actual map of the Boston Harbor during the time period of The Boston Tea Party.


DIRT ON THE TEA PARTY:

http://www.thefreeresource.com/10-facts-about-the-boston-tea-party-you-may-not-have-known






Indian_Feather.jpgMay 10, 1773 - British Parliament passed the Tea Act, which granted the British East India Company Tea a cartel on tea sales in the American colonies.
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November 29, 1773- A handill was posted all over Boston letting the colonists know that the detested tea, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in the harbor.
Indian_Feather.jpgDecember 16, 1773 - The Sons of Liberty digused themselves as Mohawk Indians; boarded three ships docked in the Boston Harbor, and destroyed over 92, 000 pounds of tea by dumping it into the Boston Habor.
Indian_Feather.jpg1774 - In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed several acts to punish Massachusetts. The Coercive Acts were introduced by the new government of Lord North, who acted with the direct encouragement of King George III.Indian_Feather.jpg1774 - Parliament followed the enactment of these measures with the passage of the Quebec Act, an unrelated piece of legislation, but one that was regarded by the colonists as equally "intolerable."

Indian_Feather.jpgJune 1, 1774 - British Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill, which banned the loading or unloading of any ships in the Boston Habor.
Indian_Feather.jpgJune 2, 1774 - As part of the Coercive Acts, Lord North’s disciplinary program against Massachusetts following the Boston Tea Party, Parliament amended the Quartering acts of 1765 and 1766.Indian_Feather.jpgMay 20, 1774 - The Administration of Justice Act offered protection to royal officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to transfer to England all court cases against them involving riot suppression or revenue collection.Indian_Feather.jpgMay 20, 1774 - The Massachusetts Government Act put the election of most government officials under the control of the Crown, essentially eliminating the Massachusetts charter of government.