FC: Boston Tea Party
1: Victory in the French and Indian war was costly for the British. At the war's conclusion in 1763, King George III and his government looked for ways to reestablish control over the colonial governments that had become increasingly independent while the Crown was distracted by the war. A series of actions including the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townsend Acts of 1767, and the Boston Massacre of 1770 agitated the colonists, straining relations with the mother country. But it was the Crown's attempt to tax tea that spurred the colonists to action and laid the groundwork for the American Revolution.
3: A mass meeting at the Old South Meeting House that morning resolved that the tea ships should leave the harbor without payment of any duty. A committee was selected to take this message to the customs House to force release of the ships out of the harbor.
4: In 1770, American protests led to Parliament's repel of the Townsend duties except for the duty on tea retained by the British as a matter of principle . The colonists demonstrated their displeasure with the remaining tax by drinking smuggled tea. The effectiveness of American resistance was shown in the precipitous decline in tea sales in the colonies, a drop of 70% percent over three years.