Essay about The Boston Tea Party

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The Boston Tea Party

Though out history many events are interpreted different ways. One of these events having multiple points of view is the beloved part of American history, the Boston Tea Party. Ever since we started school the Boston tea party has been viewed as a revolt by the freedom loving patriots, demonstrating against the oppressive British government by mobbing a ship and destroying numerous chests of tea and throwing the contents over board into the Boston harbor. After further research, it is found that there is more than one view on the matter, depending on where you stood. The more patriotic view point differed greatly from the view that the act was wholly self serving.
One of the more patriotic views of the Boston tea
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John Adams himself had this to say about the event, “three Cargoes of Bohea Tea were emptied into the sea...There is a Dignity, a Majesty, Sublimity in this last Effort of the patriots... so bold, so daring...an Epocha in History.” This view is one of a patriot looking at the British as tyrannical and the colonists as an oppressed people rising up against the crown. This view is reflected by our history books.
Another view of the tea party was one a little less patriotic and more economic minded than the previous. It is said that the British East India Company had over 17 million pounds of poor grade tea sitting around in London warehouses. Parliament then granted a legal monopoly to the nearly bankrupt East India Company to save their business. Parliament allowed the company to export its goods to their own agents in America with out paying English tax. The company could now under cut the American tea merchants, even those using smugglers. The English supposed that because the tea was cheaper, they would not mind the slight tax they would have to pay. The colonist did mind. They thought that buying this tea and paying this tax would prove that the British still had control over them and they were giving in to government imposed monopolies. Samuel Adams and John Hancock, one of the richest men in America who was to be hurt the most by the East India Company’s new fortune, organized a group of 150 men who disguised them selves as Mohawk Indians and raided

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