Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period

By David A. Copeland | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 24
The Tea Act and the Boston
Tea Party, 1773-1774

On December 16, 1773, about fifty members of the Sons of Liberty (see Chapter 18) dressed as Native Americans and boarded the Dartmouth, a ship docked in Boston harbor. Methodically, the men dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor destroying £9,6591 worth of private property. While the act of destroying the tea may have been a simple one, its causes and repercussions were anything but simple.

Tea was the principal drink of Americans and the British, and in 1698, Parliament gave exclusive rights to import tea into Great Britain to the East India Company. In 1721 Parliament prohibited the colonies from importing tea from any source other than the East India Company. Even though Americans often ignored the law and smuggled tea, especially from Holland, the East India Company thrived.

The Stamp Act crisis of 1765 (see Chapter 16) and the passage of the Townshend Acts (see Chapter 20), which levied taxes on lead, tea, paint, paper, and glass, triggered a change in American thinking, and in 1767, angry Bostonians proposed that Americans stop using British commodities. Many merchants and others in the colonies rallied behind this plan of nonimportation (see Chapter 20). As a result, the amount of tea shipped by the East India Company to America decreased from 1768 to 1772 from approximately 562,281 pounds per year to 213,417.2

Even though not all Americans joined in nonimportation, enough did that Parliament lifted the Townshend Acts in 1770 with one exception-- the duty on tea. In 1773 Parliament decided that, in order to bolster the East India Company, which now was on the verge of collapse, it would

-288-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 397

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.