“Boston had been the ringleader in all the riots, and had at all times shown a desire for seeing the laws of Great Britain attempted in vain in the colony of Massachusetts Bay,” European leader Lord North said as he heard news of what happened at Massachusetts Bay, which later came to be called the Boston Tea Party, an event in which angry colonists threw British tea over the harbor in protest of British rule and their harsh taxes on their goods (Luke 53).
The events before and after the Boston Tea Party, such as the vandalism of British property, the Boston massacre, and the colonists’ rebellious organizations were a major influence to the American Revolution because they were signs of revolt in the colonies, because they angered Britain, and because they united the colonies.
When the British signed the Tea Act onto the colonies, the rebellious organizations, the vandalism of British property, and the Boston Tea Party were signs of uprising in the colonies. Patriots feathered and tarred British officers, and they attacked British officers with insults, rock, eggs, and snowballs (Krull 28, 29 and 31).
After the British signed the Quartering Act, anger filled the colonists: The British were taxing goods without the colonists’ input. “No taxation without representation,” became a common slogan for the colonists (Lukes 10). Stephen Johnson, an angry colonist, said, “Why not tax us for the light of the sun, the air we breathe and the ground we are buried in?” (Lukes 35).
When the Quartering Act came into place, colonists obviously felt deprived of rights (Lukes 35). They were also enraged by the Boston Massacre, a bloody event in which jumpy, British officers killed five colonists (Krull 34).
Some colonists went to extreme measures to avoid anything associated with Britain, its people, and their taxed goods (Krull 28). The colonists had no non-alcoholic alternative to tea, so the colonists chose to smuggle tea from Holland to avoid tea from the West India Company, the tea that the British forced them to purchase (Knight, 8). Rebels even prevented West India Company tea from being unloaded off of the ships (Krull 46). Some women would even spin and manufacture their family’s own clothes to avoid British clothing (Krull 28).
Colonists heavily resisted anything British. They formed groups to rebel. One group called themselves the Sons of Liberty (Lukes 36). Shop workers and artisans made up The Sons of Liberty; not famous figures like Samuel Adams (Kindig Internet). The group began in Boston, but it eventually spread into all the colonies (Kindig Internet).
The Sons organized a rebellious demonstration on August 14, 1765. They hung a dummy of Andrew Oliver, the Distributor of Stamps in Massachusetts, on a tree (Kindig, Internet). While British officers attempted to get the dummy off of the tree, the Sons stoned...