The Tea Acts

Summary of the Tea Acts

  • The Tea Act 1773 was an Act of the Parliament
  • It's objective was to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the British East India Company and to help the struggling company survive
  • Also wanted to undercut the price of illegal tea, smuggled into Britain's North American colonies and wanted colonists to purchase company tea

How did the colonists respond?

The colonists recognized the implications of the Act's provisions, and a coalition of merchants, smugglers, and artisans similar to that which had opposed the Stamp Act 1765, mobilized opposition to delivery and distribution of the tea.