The Tea Acts

1773

Tea Acts Summarized

  • goal was to reduce the massive surplus of tea
  • help the struggling company survive
  • undercut the price of illegal tea
  • convince colonists to purchase Company tea
  • granted the Company the right to directly ship its tea to North America & the right to the duty-free export of tea from Britain

Colonists Response & Reaction

  • the resistance culminated in the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773
  • colonists boarded tea ships anchored in the harbour & dumped their tea cargo overboard