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What questions do you have about the Boston Tea Party?

Would the American colonists still have went to war if the Boston Tea Party did not take place? Did the British Parliament have the right to tax the American colonies without due representation? Did the Boston Tea Party lead to a heightened level of patriotism in the colonists?

How did the British respond to the Boston Tea Party?

The British response to the Boston Tea Party was to impose even more stringent policies on the Massachusetts colony. The Coercive Acts levied fines for the destroyed tea, sent British troops to Boston, and rewrote the colonial charter of Massachusetts, giving broadly expanded powers to the royally appointed governor.

What was a major consequence of the Boston Tea Party?

A major consequence of the Boston Tea Party was the Coercive Acts passed in 1774, called the Intolerable Acts by Americans.

Is there still tea in the Boston Harbor?

Boston Harbor was shut down. For weeks after the Boston Tea Party, the 92,000 pounds of tea dumped into the harbor caused it to smell. As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the British shut down Boston Harbor until all of the 340 chests of British East India Company tea were paid for.

How much did tea cost in 1773?

Of course, fancier blends cost more, just as Hyson cost more than Bohea in 1773. The best supermarket deal I found on Earl Grey, for example, came to $26.26 per pound. At that rate the Tea Party cargo would be worth more than $2.4 million today.

How dirty is Boston Harbor?

At that time, Boston Harbor was severely polluted. Raw sewage discharges had made local beaches risky for swimmers since the late 1800s. By the mid-20th century, heavy loads of pesticides, PCBs, and heavy metals were also flowing into the harbor, contaminating sediments and marine organisms.

How much would the tea from the Boston Tea Party be worth today?

The financial loss was significant. That’s enough to fill 18.5 million teabags. The present-day value of the destroyed tea has been estimated at around $1 million.

Did the Boston Tea Party pollute the water?

This myth is perpetuated by many historic recreations of the event, but it doesn’t seem to be true. Most of these crates were too heavy to throw into the water, so the Bostonians chopped them open with axes and dumped the contents overboard.

How much was the tax that caused the Boston Tea Party?

The act granted the EIC a monopoly on the sale of tea that was cheaper than smuggled tea; its hidden purpose was to force the colonists to pay a tax of 3 pennies on every pound of tea. The Tea Act thus retained the three pence Townshend duty on tea imported to the colonies.

Did the Boston Harbor taste like tea?

The harbor would have tasted like salt water because the amount of tea dumped is was tiny compared to the harbor. Salty water, for the most part. The tea probably dispersed and sank in the cold salt water.

Why did they throw the tea in the harbor?

It was an act of protest in which a group of 60 American colonists threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to agitate against both a tax on tea (which had been an example of taxation without representation) and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company.

What did tea look like during the Boston Tea Party?

Seventy percent of the tea imported by the East India Company was a well made Congou black tea. It brewed a deep transparent red liquor with a strong and pleasant bitter flavor. The addition of milk surely added to the enjoyment of this beverage. Chinese tea being basket-fired over charcoal.

Why was the Boston Tea Party so named?

The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade.

Who was most responsible for the Boston Tea Party?

The Boston Tea Party was organized and carried out by a group of Patriots led by Samuel Adams known as the Sons of Liberty.

What was destroyed during the Boston Tea Party?

The damage the Sons of Liberty caused by destroying 340 chests of tea, in today’s money, was worth more than $1,700,000 dollars. The British East India Company reported £9,659 worth of damage caused by the Boston Tea Party. According to some modern estimates, the destroyed tea could have brewed 18,523,000 cups of tea!

Why did the Boston Tea Party lead to the American Revolution?

The Boston Tea Party was the key-event for the Revolutionary War. With this act, the colonists started the violent part of the revolution. It was the first try of the colonists, to rebel with violence against their own government. Then they (the government) passed taxes on lead, paint, paper and tea.