December 16, 2005

Boston Tea party

Today isn the 232nd Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

I much prefer drinking it to sending it into the briny deep, but the colonists were standing up for their rights and holding to their principles in the face of what they felt was an injustice. I admire their courage and spirit. Taking action against unfair trade practices which were made lawful by the Tea Act of 1773. Tea Act of 1773 gave the East India Tea Company the right to export its merchandise directly to the colonies without paying any of the regular taxes that were imposed on the colonial merchants, who had traditionally served as the middlemen in such transactions. With these privileges, the company could undersell American merchants and monopolize the colonial tea trade. To protest this Act, the colonists, led by Samuel Adams staged quite a dramatic resistance.

As the electrifying news of the Boston "tea party" spread, other seaports followed the example and staged similar acts of resistance of their own.I had written a small entry last month on this topic called Revolutionary.

So, kick back and enjoy a cup of history.

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