The Boston Tea Party, by Zach
The Boston Tea Party was an event where colonists dumped 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. In the middle of December of 1773, a group of colonists disguised as Native Americans dumped 500,000 lbs. of tea overboard. The reason the Boston Tea Party occurred was because the colonists thought it wasn’t fair to be highly taxed on everything including tea. The Boston Tea Party is what was thought to have started the Tea Act (also 1773). The colonists believed that it interfered with their rights of being Englishmen.
The effects of this event were:
- The British Government was mad because of the colonists action.
- The news of people dumping tea overboard reached England on January 20, 1774 (only 5 weeks!)
The news reached England in 35 days. It had to go 3,280 miles! In other words, over the Atlantic Ocean.