Recommendation by Lemi
Sit in the pews of the Old South Meeting House where, in December of 1773, 5,000 colonists decided the fate of America. Would they bear with the unfair taxes imposed by the British crown or would they rise up against it? Colonists believed “no taxation without representation,” meaning if they did not have a voice in the British Parliament, then they would oppose the empire’s sanctioned taxes. Three ships, filled with 30 tons worth of tea from China, docked at Boston. The cargo by the British East India Company would be exempt from taxes, unlike the imported tea sold by colonists. This prompted a meeting because local merchants were in a perilous position. The potential monopoly would mean a loss of income. When Samuel Adams, a statesman, said “This meeting can do nothing more to save the country,” it triggered a monumental moment in history: the Boston Tea Party. The Sons of Liberty, revolutionaries, dumped the crates of tea into the water. This was a catalyst to the Revolutionary War to come, spurring on a back-and-forth between the British Empire and colonists. The rest, as they say, is history.