Where are the Tea Acts, Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party mentioned in the Declaration of Independence?

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The Declaration of Independence has four separate parts.  The beginning is called the Preamble and is followed by the Declaration of Natural Rights.  The List of Grievances and Resolution of Independence are near the middle to end of the document.  The List of Grievances section is where the tea acts,...

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The Declaration of Independence has four separate parts.  The beginning is called the Preamble and is followed by the Declaration of Natural Rights.  The List of Grievances and Resolution of Independence are near the middle to end of the document.  The List of Grievances section is where the tea acts, Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre is mentioned.  

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their acts of pretended legislation: For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

This is the section that discusses the tea acts indirectly.  In an effort to pay debts from the French and Indian War, the British decided to tax the colonies and enforce the taxes more effectively.  This had the effect of damaging important industries in the colonies.  This was a very serious grievance that the colonies had with the king.  

There are a number of places that the Boston Massacre is referenced.  These are listed below:

  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislature.
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

All of these grievances were indirectly related to the events of the Boston Massacre.  The Boston Tea Party was an act of civil disobedience by the colonists in response to taxation.  For that reason, the portion of complaints about taxation without representation also applies to the Boston Tea Party.  

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