The People and the Times
The Seven Years War was a conflict that took place mostly in Europe between Great Britian and France. But America was also involved because Great Britian, the colonies' mother country, extended her fight against France into America. The Seven Years War ended in 1763. While the British had been distracted by their war in Europe, they had pretty much ignored their American colonies. During that time, the American colonists had grown independent and wanted more freedom, like adolescents. With the distraction of the European war removed, Britain began to tighten its control on the colonies. The colonists reacted sharply. They didn't like being told what to do.
Study this Timeline and think about the events that happened. The King and Parliament needed money so they imposed taxes. The colonists thought the taxes were illegal, so they resisted. When they resisted, the King and Parliament imposed even harsher measures. So the colonists resisted even more. What happened then?
Answer Question #1 on your Tea Parties Worksheet.
Need some more information? Click on a famous letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Lord Kames, an official in England. This is a primary source document, so it will have some old fashioned language in it.
Now answer Question #2 on your Tea Party Worksheet.