5-5 The Boston Tea Party

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The colonist lived many years under the rules of England.  As the years went by, King George began to tax the colonist for things like sugar, stamps, tea and paper.  The tax was extra money paid to the King.  The tax is money charged the people to pay for things the government does - like build roads, libraries, supply armies and create laws.

The colonist became tired of paying taxes without representation.  The colonist had no voice in England.  As the taxes continued, the colonist became more angry.  Finally, the colonist organized the Boston Tea Party.  One night in December, a group of colonist dressed like Indians and boarded a ship full of tea.  The colonist dumped over 200 chests of tea into the harbor.  This would show the King how the colonist felt about taxation without representation.

Nobody drank tea at the Boston Tea Party!


During the Boston Tea Party, the colonist were dressed liked

British soldiers.


King George taxed the colonist on



Taxation without representation means

Your voice is heard.
Money is paid to hear your voice.
Taxes are paid without a voice in the decisions.


The Boston Tea Party was

a party held to drink tea.
a party held to celebrate our new country.
a dumping of tea in Boston Harbor.


A tax is money paid to the government to pay for

services such as roads and libraries



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