No tolerance for Tea

The Tea Act of 1773


The tea act was passed on May 10, 1773 by the British parliament. It was a critical cause of the American revolution in 1775. A British tea company, East India Company, had 18 million pounds of unsold tea. They sent the tea to the New World in hopes of saving their business. The tea did not inflict any new taxes. However, the colonists felt this was just a way for the king to target the colonist and get them to pay more taxes. This would also put local tea sellers in danger of losing their businesses. The colonist could no longer take Britain's "unfair" policies and taxes.

The tantrum

The colonies refused to accept the tea. New York and Philadelphia turn the British ships back to Britain. Charleston left the cargo to rot. Over 92,000 pounds of tea was dumped into the harbor in Boston in protest. Colonies all along the coast did not support these shipments of tea. They continued to let the tea rot, send the ships back, or dump tea into the ocean. These actions infuriated the East India Company and other Englishmen.

"What should I remember about the Tea Act?"

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How much tea was sent to the colonies?

500,000 pounds of tea

Where was the tea shipped to and from?

The tea was shipped from Britain across the Atlantic to many harbors along North America's coast.

Why didn't the king stop taxing the colonists?

Britain was in debt from the French and Indian war and forcing the colonists to pay taxes was the easiest way to earn quick money.

How did the King react to the colonists dumping the tea in the harbor?

The King was furious. He knew this would eventually lead to war.

Was this the only thing that caused the American revolution?

Multiple events caused the American Revolution. However, the tea act was a big cause, because it was breaking point for the colonist. They were very tired of the taxes.

Who was in fault for the tea act?

This is a very debatable topic, but both sides could be considered at fault. The King was at fault for "targeting" the colonist by taxing items specifically used by colonists, and the colonists were at fault for wasting tea by pouring it into the ocean.

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