Throughout the course of history there have been many events leading up to the independence of America. Some of them were small, whereas others were much more significant. One of the more important events was the Boston Tea Party. This was when the colonists, in anger, boarded a ship carrying many chests of fine teas, and hurled them overboard. The Boston Tea Party marked the first act of open resistance to British rule. The Boston Tea Party alone was not the main event that brought America her independence. However it was the larger of many little things that led up to the revolutionary war. For example, if there would never have been a Tea Tax, then there never would have been the need for a boycott. Likewise, if there was no boycott there would not have been a Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party in turn led to the Intolerable Acts, which eventually led to the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War was the event that brought forth the Declaration of Independence. Therefore, the Boston Tea Party was one of the key events leading up to America's independence. .
In 1770, five years after the stamp tax was repealed, a new tax appeared. This was called the Townsend Tax. The Townsend Tax was placed mostly upon things such as lead, glass, paper, and tea. This led the colonists to boycott the items that were sold by the English. Them doing this caused great problems for the merchants because the things they sold were expensive to make, and with no purchasers, they did not make any money. Now the merchants were unable to feed their families because of the lack of money. Thus, upsetting the merchants as well. The British tried to lower the taxes, but this did not satisfy the colonists. They had already begun to make their own things. The merchants complained to the king, who at that time was King George III, and he repealed the taxes. All but the one on tea that is. This went on for about three years.