Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Boston Tea Party in Iowa? Yes!

On a crisp fall day in Iowa the Atlantic Homeschool Assistance Program students took part in a reenactment of the December 16, 1773, Boston Tea Party as part of our Citizenship unit.

We went back in time and gathered for "afternoon tea time" with iced tea and Nilla Wafers served and  we discussed the growing feelings of resentment toward England for the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Tea Act, etc.  While we ate and discussed these injustices, we hatched a plan.  We determined that we would show the King our displeasure with his numerous taxes by dressing like natives and dumping a shipload of tea into Boston Harbor.

The excitement began by disguising ourselves as natives.

Next we had to sneak from our meeting place out to the East India Company ship in Boston Harbor that held the tea.  It was important to stay very, very quiet so that we didn't draw attention to ourselves.

Once we found the ship we dumped the crates of tea (dried leaves) directly into the harbor.
Finally, we returned to our classroom to discuss King George's reaction to our act of rebellion.  Needless to say, he wasn't very pleased.  He closed Boston Harbor until the city of Boston repayed the East India Company for the tea that was dumped and restricted the ability of the colonists to meet freely.  They were restricted to only one town meeting per year.

In the coming few weeks we'll learn more about how our country was founded and the structure the of our current form of government as we wrap up our unit on Citizenship.

1 comment:

Andrea Farrier said...

Looks like a lot of fun! :)