The Boston Tea Party
(nonfiction), Graphic Books.Tensions were high in the American colonies in 1773. Struggling to pay for a recent war with France, Great Britain levied a series of taxes on goods needed by the colonists, while ignoring their calls for representation in government. After a public outcry caused the British parliament to repeal most of the taxes, King George III decided to keep the tax on tea while granting a monopoly on the tea trade to the East India Company. The move caused outrage among colonial leaders in Boston, including Samuel Adams and John Hancock (a prominent tea smuggler), who had a plan to defy the British and whip up support for the small but growing independence movement. Use this Graphic Book with Seeds of Revolution at levels X, Z1, and Z2.