Essential to the Freedom a People
The tea was imported, which was a major problem; it began to take money and jobs away from the Americans. But, the act did provide financial relief for the British East Indian Company, which was deeply in debt because of the military expeditions to extend Britain’s influence in India.
The Tea Party Act offended many Americans since 1768, “the use of British tea is considered not as a private but public evil… ” (CTD. Massachusetts Spy Henrietta 153). The American merchants joined the protest against the East Indian Company because they excluded the Americans from he trade since they started distributing the tea directly to shopkeepers.In response to the Tea Act, an event occurred in Boston in 1773.
When a new shipment of tea was waiting to be unloaded in Boston Harbor, a group of colonists disguised as Native Americans boarded the ship, breaking open the crates and dumping the tea In the water. Colonists later argued about whether this event should be celebrated as a protest against oppression or if It was simply foolish destruction of property. In response a displeased Lord North convinced Parliament to pass the Coercive acts, which closed Boston Harbor until the tea had been paid for, and retract the charter of the colony of Massachusetts. Ultimately, the Americans tried to go against any Idea that the British had on raising taxes; because the act was a disadvantage for the Americans and an advantage for the Brutish. Additionally, the Stamp Act enacted by Parliament In 1 765, which Britain attempted to collect revenue for a new colonial army; required that revenue stamps be placed on most printed paper In the colonies, including all legal documents, newspapers, pamphlets, and advertisements.The the first time the colonists were required to pay a direct tax rather than paying an indirect tax on an imported good. Greenville claimed that this act was fair, as it showed that the colonists were contributing their share of the burden of the war.
Benjamin Franklin, who was in Britain as the agent of the Pennsylvania assembly, proposed the idea that American representation in Parliament. “If you chose to tax us, give us members in your Legislature, and let us be one people” (CTD Franklin in Henrietta 143).The colonist argued that we already had virtual representation in Parliament, that we were represented by members who were transatlantic merchants and West Indian sugar planters. Greenville moved forward with his plan to raise revenue and to assert a constitutional principle “the right of Parliament to lay an internal Tax upon the Colonies”. Greensville plan would provoke a constitutional confrontation not only on the specific issues of taxation, Jury trials, and military quartering, but also on the general question of representative self-government.Through all the obstacles the Americans went through, they still had to pay taxes. Furthermore, both the Boston Tea Party and the Stamp Act Congress came about due to many tax laws passed and repealed by the British government and the protests against them.
In these two events there were positive and negative effects. The Boston Tea Party had a positive effect on the Americans after the “tea party’, because they gained independence from Britain. But after that, the British continued to enforce new laws; that’s the only negative aspect after the Boston Tea Party.As far as the Stamp Act Congress, for the first time, against all odds, respected delegates from differing colonies sat with each other and engaged in spirited debate. They discovered that in many ways they had more in common than they originally had thought. This was a tentative but essential step toward the unity that would be necessary to declare boldly their independence from mother England. The negative effect of the Stamp Act was that the British troops in America were paid off but everyone was broke, because the stamp served as revenue to keep British troops inAmerica.
In closing, the statement, “It is inseparably essential to the freedom a People, and the undoubted Right of Englishmen, that no taxes be imposed on them, but with their own Consent, given personally, or by their representatives” demonstrated the American support by the Boston Tea Party and the Stamp Act Congress. (Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress, 1765) The relationship between the two, were that the British wanted all the goods to be imported and then taxed the Americans on those goods.