Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Skiing in Mt. Hood Meadows and The Intolerable Acts of 1774

(One of the best parts about January and February was teaching the girls to ski on Mt. Hood Meadows)

Let's just say, 1774 was a rough one for New England.  The Intolerable Acts were a series of punitive laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party to punish unruly colonists and re-establish British rule.
(They had already skied in the Muju Resort with their Mom in Korea...)

They were meant to punish Massachusetts colonists for their defiance in throwing tea shipments into the Boston Harbor.  
(So they were ready to strut their stuff on the American slopes.)

The first was the Boston Port Act: March 31, 1774, that bottled up the Boston Harbor so that no goods, wares, or merchandise could enter or exit the city.
(Look at this kid!  Where's the ski lift?)

Check out this Sam Adams letter to Dr. James Warren on May 14, 1774 about the situation:  "This town has received the Copy of an Act of the British Parliament, wherein it appears that we have been tried and condemned, and are to be punished, by the shutting up of the harbor and other marks of revenge, until we shall disgrace ourselves by servilely yielding up, in effect, the just and righteous claims of America...."  
(Mt. Hood Meadows was crowded and full of skiers of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels.)

Soon to follow in 1774 would be the Administration of Justice Act:  May 20, which stated colonists could be questioned for their acts or suppressed from forming potential riots or tumults, and the Massachusetts Government Act: May 20, which streamlined government in prosecution matters.  
(But over the course of 4 Saturdays we had a blast.  The instructors were helpful, the facilities were very organized, the skis and boots were labeled and waiting for us... THANK YOU!)

A fortnight later came the Quartering Act: June 2, which meant British soldiers could lawfully be housed and fed in any colonists' house they selected ... imagine that! The final indignity was the Quebec Act: June 22, which established the Catholic Church in Quebec and appointed a town council rather than an elected body stretching British influence as far as the Ohio Valley.
(Alright enough gushing... it's time to get off this mountain and head north up the coast to Canada.)

Ok.. Ok... History Nerd Alert!  But... later that summer, from September 5 to October 26, the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to debate declarations on how to resolve this conflict with England. What an exciting time!



2 comments:

  1. If you are still studying the revolutionary history period and taking long drives, I highly recommend queuing up the sound track from Hamilton . . . catchy and educational, and like no other musical I have ever heard.

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  2. Orange Hatter... Thank you for the excellence advice. Yes, my kids pretty much devoured Hamilton. Sometimes I wish they'd just go back to just singing Les Miserables!

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