Saturday, October 23, 2010

Old South Meeting House, Boston

When you walk down
Washington Street in the Downtown Crossing area, you can watch everything from new high rise buildings as well as architecture from the 18th to the 19th century. One of the oldest official buildings in the city is found here. The Old South Meeting House from 1729 played a crucial role during one main event that were to create today's United States of America.

The present building looks like, and was, originally, a church. It was built in 1729, but the history of the congregation goes back as far back as 1669. It was used as a church from 1729 to 1872.

On December 13th 1773 5,000 people met in the Old Meeting House to show their strong opposition to British taxation. This to show they resistance to the Tea Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1773.

Colonists objected to this piece of legislation as they it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives.

What followed is today known as the Boston Tea Party. A group, partly disguised as American Indians, raided a vessel with a large shipment of tea on Boston harbour, and threw all overboard. This was one of the main event leading up to the war against the colonists that ended up with the Declaration of Independence.

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