By Emily

On the night of December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, a secret group of men, banded together and dumped 342 chests of tea off three ships in the Boston Harbor. This event was important in American history because it showed how the Patriots began to resist the British government.

The Patriots dumped the tea because they were angry with the British government for keeping the high tax on tea. When the Patriots asked the British government to remove the tax on tea, they refused. This demonstrated how powerful the Parliament to tax the colonies even if the colonists disapproved. There became a growing resentment among the colonist against the British rule.

In the month of November 1773, three ships from England sailed into the Boston Harbor carrying British goods. Due to the anger over unfair taxes a number of Boston citizens prevented the unloading of tea off the three ships. The concern was that if the ships were unloaded the citizens of Boston would have to pay the tax on the cargo.

Tom Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts, would not let the ships sail back to England until the tax on ruined tea had been paid. The British and the Patriots began to quarrel over the tax and anger, the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Indians, boarded the three ships at night and dumped the tea overboard. When the Boston government refused to pay for the ruined tea the British closed the port. This closing became one of the Intolerable Acts.

The Boston Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts were two of the events that lead to the Revolutionary War. Since the tax on tea was considered to be too high, and the closing of the Port of Boston was felt to be unfair, a growing number of Bostonians became Patriots. These Patriots united and got ready to fight the British in the American Revolutionary War.

I drew a stamp of the Sons of Liberty dumping chests of tea off one of the three British ships in the Boston Harbor. This was one of the many important events that united the Bostonians to become Patriots and fight the British for freedom and Independence.

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