In the early 1600’s, the “New World” had hundreds of English settlers coming to it. The majority of the settlers who came to New England wanted religious freedom and a purified version of the Anglican Church. They saw the “New World” as a safe haven for their beliefs, whereas other settlers saw the “New World” as an opportunity to make the money they couldn't make in England. Although their intentions and goals were different, they all agreed on the importance of religion. Later came the explorers and those sent by European nations to begin business ventures.
The American colonist faced many hardships such as knowing little about how to plant crops on their new type of soil or how to live in the wilderness and cold winters. As a result, many fell into starvation and were infected with diseases. Another hardship that the colonies faced was that they were being overtaxed by Britain. In 1765, a tax was passed known as the stamp act in which was used to cover the cost of the war between the British and French. This law required all colonists to pay a tax to Great Britain on all of the printed materials that they used such as newspapers, magazines or mail. Colonist responded by boycotting all British goods and also attacked officials and burned the stamps in the street. The Stamp Act Congress took place in which the colonist declared that they did not have any representation in Parliament and shouted “No taxation without representation!” As a result the British repealed the law. However, the British insisted and in 1776 they passed a number of new taxes on glass, tea and paper. The colonies refused to pay and the British requested military troops to aid them. In, 1770, a small group of colonists in Boston were taking out their rage with the troops by taunting them and throwing snowballs at them. The soldiers reacted and opened fire, killing and injuring American
colonists. This event became known as the Boston Massacre. As a result Great Britain was forced to repeal the new taxes but in order to send a message to show who was in charge, the British left the tax on tea in place.
The price of tea increased making it more difficult for tea growers, producers and shippers to survive. The colonist protested and a dressed up as Native…