Tea Party Tea Act

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Tea Party Tea Act

The dumping of the tea into Boston Harbor by the Sons of Liberty.

Description of EventOn May 10, 1773, Parliament passed the Tea Act, which actually lowered the tax on tea. However, it granted the East India Company a monopoly on importing tea into the colonies. This bypassed colonial merchants, therefore increasing suspicion and resentment against British policies, leading to several protests across the colonies. The most influencial occured in Boston, December 16, when Samuel Adams led a large group of the Sons of Liberty to board three ships in the harbor. That night, 342 chests of tea were flung into the water in a surprisingly well organized prostest.

Tea Act and Boston Tea Party (1773)

ImpactThe Boston Tea Party infuriated the British. It lead to the more severe Intolerable acts. But at this point, it's clear that Britain is done putting up with the increaingly violent colonial protests. These events caused the tensions between the colonies and Britain to reach new heights, from which war was inevitble.

The British East India Company logo.

Background InfoThe British imposed the Tea Tax on the colonies primarily to assist the weakened East India Company, and important part of their imperial economy. Meanwhile, in the colonies, tensions were still running high from previous taxes, and they were growing accustomed to succeeding in their anti-tax protests. Even before the Tea Act, several boycotts against British products, including tea, was in process.


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