Category Archives: American History

Defending the Boston Tea Party

Historians don’t know if Samuel Adams aided in planning the Boston Tea Party, but is known that he vehemently advocated for the Boston Tea Party after it happened. He publicized and defended the Tea Party, arguing that it was not … Continue reading

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French Involvement and Assistance

The French had been informally involved with the American Revolutionary War since 1776 because of the help of Latouche TrĂ©ville, who was a French admiral. He began to provide the colonists with supplied, ammunition, guns, and training after Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

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The Massachusetts Government Act

This Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in May of 1774. It formally negated the Massachusetts Bay Charter, which was the original colonial charter set forth by the government of William and Mary. The Massachusetts Government Act … Continue reading

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How Many Loyalists?

Estimations by many historians suggest that about 40 to 45 percent of all the American colonists were Patriots and actively supported the revolution. At least 25,000 Loyalists fought for the British and made up 15 to 20 percent of colonists. … Continue reading

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The Expense of the Colonies

Britain’s Parliament felt they had the right to tax the colonies because England had financially supported the colonies’ military defenses. These defenses became very expensive during the French and Indian War, but the colonists’ argument was that they were spending … Continue reading

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The French and Indian War: Stirring the Pot

At the conclusion of the French and Indian War, the national debt of England was nearly doubled and the Crown was looking for any kind of source to pay off that debt. So their eyes turned to the colonies, who … Continue reading

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How Much Smuggled Tea?

We all know how much the American colonists loved their tea, but they didn’t want to have to pay a tax on it! So merchants began to conduct business with Holland to import tea that was cheaper and better-tasting than … Continue reading

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“Johnny Tremain”

Johnny Tremain is a wonderful children’s historical novel by Esther Forbes. It’s set in Boston prior to and during the American Revolution. The story follows Johnny’s apprenticeship, quest for human rights, and personal sacrifice of his life throughout the Revolution. … Continue reading

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The Boston Committee of Correspondence

Samuel Adams created the Boston Committee of Correspondence to rally support for the Patriot cause. It’s function was crucial in resisting and openly defying the laws of the British government. They wrote letters to other colonies in British North America … Continue reading

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The Loyal Nine

The Loyal Nine was a secret society that started meeting at Chase & Speakman’s distillery near the Liberty Tree. Their meetings and mission began as early as 1765 and were aimed at organizing protest movements in Boston against the laws … Continue reading

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