The Boston Tea Party – December 16th, 1773 The Boston Tea party was a protest against British taxation. In 1773 the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. This meant that the British East India Company had a monopoly on the American tea trade. The colonials were angry! There were public protests throughout the colonies over this interference in American business. Cries of “No taxation without representation!” were made. This meant that colonial Americans wanted to be taxed by American representatives, NOT the British Parliament. On December 16th, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, planned to show the Parliament how they felt about the Tea Act. They boarded the British ships docked in Boston Harbor, dressed up as Indians, and dumped nearly 1 millon dollars’ worth– in today’s money– of tea in the water. This event came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. The British Parliament passed the Coercive Acts as punishment, but this only strengthened the resistance to the British crown and pushed the two sides closer to war. Subscribe to our channel for more videos. Get your copy of Simple History: the American Revolution, available now on Amazon.