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6.2 Immediate Cause

As the various grievances piled up, only a spark was needed to start the revolution

Boston Tea Party (December 16, 1773)

Exhibit 6.1
The ‘Boston Tea Party’

The British government had retained the tax on tea, as it wanted to retain its right to tax the colonies despite constant opposition from the colonists. Further Lord North attempted to help the East India Company to dispose of its large stock of tea by selling it to the colonies. Popular opposition to this move followed and the colonial leaders prevented the unloading of tea in the colonial ports. In Boston, Samuel Adams and his followers stealthily entered the ships of the East India Company, disguised as Mohawk Indians. They then threw all the chests of tea into the water. The news of this ‘Boston Tea Party’ spread to many other ports. Firm action was taken by the British Parliament by bringing the colony of Massachusetts under the direct control of England, by annulling its Charter, 1774.

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6.0 Introduction
6.1 Causes of the American Revolution
6.2 Immediate Cause
6.3 Course of the American Revolution
6.4 Reasons for American Success
6.5 Consequences of the American Revolution
6.6 Significance of the American Revolution
6.7 Dates & Events
6.8 Points to Remember

Chapter 7


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