Category Archives: Boston Tea Party Facts

Smuggling in Boston

The colonists were obsessed with tea and they even felt that it was a necessity in the household. So they certainly didn’t want to pay a tax for it. They began to find ways to smuggle in better tasting and … Continue reading

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The Making of Tea

Making tea was hard work. Workers in China would work for hours under the hot sun picking leaves and then they would dry the leaves. The leaves would then be transported to Canton, China to be prepared for their sea … Continue reading

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The Monopoly of the East India Company

Wanting to make even more money, the English government and the East India Company noticed that the American colonies were not paying a tax on tea, even though English residents were paying a tax on all the tea they drank. … Continue reading

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The Colonists Love of Tea

Did you know that tea was first introduced to England in 1661? And by 1770, everyone in the British colonies was drinking tea. Among the common kinds of tea were singlo, hyson, bohea, congou, and souchong. This tea was so … Continue reading

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Tea and the East India Company

Most tea that colonists and the English drank was grown in China. The East India Company would pick up the tea from Canton, China and ship it to London to be auctioned. The tradition of tea auctioning involved a candle. … Continue reading

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The Declaratory Act

After repealing the Stamp Act, Parliament wanted to make sure the colonists knew that they were still beholden to the British government. So they passed the Declaratory Act in 1966. This Act stated that Parliament would always have the right … Continue reading

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The Stamp Act Riots

The Bostonians were very angry at the passing of the Stamp Acts. So in August of 1765, the colonists began to riot. Loyalists and Andrew Oliver, the Stamp Master, and Thomas Hutchinson, the governor of Massachusetts, had their houses torn … Continue reading

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The Stamp Act

When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, the English government was searching for ways to make up for the monetary costs of war. So Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765, which taxed everyone in the colonies no … Continue reading

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What Was the Massachusetts Charter?

The Massachusetts Charter was a document that was issued by the English co-rulers William and Mary in 1691, which defined the government of the American colonies. The lands delineated in the charter were lands drawn from those previously belonging to … Continue reading

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The Beginning

Did you know that before 1733, the English Parliament had never attempted to tax the America colonies? In fact, the English government let the colonists rule themselves under the Massachusetts Charter. However, in March of 1733, Parliament passed the Molasses … Continue reading

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