Why did the colonists feel that they should not have to pay British war debt
Many colonists felt that they should not pay these taxes,
because they were passed in England by Parliament, not by their
own colonial governments. They protested, saying that these
taxes violated their rights as British citizens.
The colonists started to resist by boycotting, or not buying,
British goods. In 1773 some colonists in Boston, Massachusetts
demonstrated their frustration by dressing up like Indians,
sneaking onto ships in the harbor, and dumping imported tea into
the water. This was called the Boston Tea Party. The British
took action by closing the Boston port. A similar but smaller tea
party took place in Yorktown, Virginia in 1774.
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