The Patriot Times

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The Patriot Times

The Patriot Times

On Monday December 16, 1773, colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded three British ships loaded with tea, in only the light of the moon, and dumped 342 chests in to the Boston Harbor. A large crowd of thousands grew to witness the unusual sight. It is reported that hundreds took place in this event. Many participants have already fled Boston in hopes of not getting arrested. Among them were teenagers with only a couple men over the age of 40. This was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty, led by Samuel Adams, against the awful British Tea Act passed by Parliament this year. Members of the Sons of Liberty still remain a mystery. Officials refused to return the ships even after the Patriots held a numerous amount of meetings along the East coast coming up with a plan to stop the ships. Meetings in Boston were often held under the "Liberty Tree". Officials in Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia felt the colonists' pressure and refused to let the ships dock. Us colonists, believe that our rights were violated as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation". The Patriots made sure that nothing was damaged except for tea. After dumping it, they swept the decks aboard the ships and made sure everything was in it's proper place. In total, 3 million dollars of damage was done. The water in the harbor turned a tea color from all the crates being dumped in it. The British Parliament's response to this event is still being awaited but the we are hoping for a surrender to repeal the taxes put on goods shipped to the colonies.

Colonists' Revenge

Thursday December 19, 1773

A Massacre in Boston

An uprising occured recently on March 5, 1770 when British soldiersopened fire on fellow colonists inBoston. It started when BritishPrivate Hugh White and a few colonists took part in a small agument which quickly escalatedas many more colonists gathered. Tension built from the frustrationsof the unfair British Parliament was suddenly let out. Soldiers started firing into the crowd, killing 5 colonists.Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr were the victims. We are currently demandinga trial and execution of the horrible British soldiers involved.

A Congress Is Formed

On September 5, 1774, a group of delegates from twelve colonies met at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting was called in response to the Coercive Acts passedby the British Parliament. The plan was to discuss ideas to right what Britain has madewrong. It is unfair what Britain is doing to us and the First Continental Congress is hoping to make a change. Representatives from twelve outof thirteen colonies were elected to be at the meeting. Georgia decided to pass up sending someone to Philadelphia because they are currently undergoing attacks and need the support of British soldiers. Delegates including George Washington, Samuel Adams and John Adamswere in attendance.

A Declaration of Independence

Rejoice! On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress announced the Declaration of Independance to the thirteen colonies. This declaration announced the colonies as free from British rule. The great John Adams pushed for this independance that we once dreamed of and now is reality!Thomas Jefferson composed the original document. This document mentions the colonists' problems and grievances to King George 111 and states the rights. This will forever be a symbol of American independance. From now on, July 4 will be considered Independance Day.


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