S: The Boston Tea Party
FC: The Boston Tea Party | By: Joya Maser
1: When King George made the Proclamation of 1763 I was only 7 years old. My family lived in Boston, Massachusetts. My father sold newspapers on the corner of our street, while my mother worked around the house taking care of my older brother and I.
2: I remember the day my older brother who was 13 came home with my father and told my mother and I about what the king had done. He said the king had made the Appalachian mountains the boundary for colonists, and that talk of rebellion was already brewing in some of us.
3: Then two years later when England needed money for the war efforts they started taxing all the colonists. In 1764 Parliament created the Sugar Act. The Sugar Act made tax on all foreign indigo coffee,textiles,and wines coming into the colonies. British officers even patrolled the coasts to prevent smuggling.
4: On March 22, 1765 the king passed yet another tax on the colonists. This was called the Stamp Act it required colonists to pay tax on all printed material. This tax was to pay for the soldiers stationed at the Appalachian Mountains border who were keeping the colonists in the east. Patrick Henry convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to adopt the Stamp Act Resolves. Parliament only accepted four of their resolutions, but then the Virginian governor did not approve them and he got rid of the House of Burgesses
5: On March 5, 1770 shortly after 9 O'Clock the first blood was shed between the American Colonists and the British Soldiers. I remember the evening like it was yesterday, I was walking home from the market when I heard the fire bell. A rush of people were heading in one direction so I followed the crowd. When I arrived at the scene I almost wished it would have been just a fire. Five bodies lay on the ground all dead or close to it.
6: The Boston Massacre
7: I looked around and saw British soldiers fleeing the seen, one remained in shock and disbelief. I think he was their Captain. I scanned the crowd of people for any familiar faces, I found my father and brother standing by a stable and ran to them. They both seemed to be in shock but my father had more anger on his face. We walked back to the house where they explained the whole story to mother and I.
8: My father and brother were walking by the Customhouse when a group of people from young boys to old men started throwing things at the stationed soldier. They threw things like rocks, snowballs, even bricks. Then 8 more soldiers came to help the redcoat under attack. When the number of instigators grew, a soldiers fired, followed by more shots.
9: When the crowd cleared away there were 5 people laying on the ground. Then there were shouts of accusation as the crowd called the soldiers murders and that the Captain ordered the shots to be fired. My father says this must have been when I arrived and when we returned home. My mother was scared and shocked by the account they witnessed.
10: Several days later the news in Boston was that John Adams had agreed to take the soldiers case in court. Everyone was shocked and many were angry, because Adams was a well known Patriot. He said he wanted the soldiers to have a fair trial. People said even a man who was wounded at the massacre said the crowd was to blame for the outcome.
11: In November 1773, word came that 3 ships from the East India Trading Co. docked in the Boston Harbor. My brother and father went with Sam Adams to demand the ship's return to England. They came back angry because the Massachusetts governor refused to sign the permits.