On the morning of December 16, 1773 over 5,000 colonists met at the Old South Meeting House to plan the protest of the Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was carried out later that evening. Over 100 colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded and raided the three docked ships of the British East India Company. The Dartmouth, Eleanor, and Beaver. 342 containers of taxable tea was thrown overboard into the sea.
The Boston Tea Party was organized by the "Sons of Liberty" a patriotic group lead by Samuel Adams. Some additional well known patriots of the "Sons of Liberty" include John Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere.
In 1774 Parliament passed a series of Acts to punish Boston for the Boston Tea Party, called the Coercive Acts. They were also known as the Intolerable Acts for obvious reasons. Leading to further protest and eventual revolution.
|DATE||BOSTON TEA PARTY TIMELINE OF EVENTS|
|1764||The Sugar Act - British imposed tax on sugar and molasses to raise revenue to pay for debts incurred during the French and Indian War|
|The Currency Act|
|The Stamp Act - A tax forcing the colonists to pay for all printed material to be stamped|
|1766||The Stamp Act is repealed|
|1768||Massachusettes Circular Letter|
|1770||Boston Massacre - Five civilians are killed in Boston by british troops there to enforce the Townshend Acts|
|Boston Tea Party - Colonist protest the Tea Act|
|1774||Coercive Acts also known as the "Intolerable Acts" passed by British Parliament in response to the Boston Tea Party|
|First Continental Congress|
|Second Continental Congress|
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