The Tea Acts

1773

The Act Summarized

  • Act of the Parliament of Great Britain
  • Reduce the surplus of tea from the financially troubled British East India Company
  • Cut the cost of illegal tea smuggled into the colonies
  • Granted the company the right to ship its tea to the colonies duty-free

Colonial Response

  • Merchants, Smugglers, Artisans opposed the delivery and distribution of the tea
  • In many colonies successful efforts were made to prevent the tea from being delivered
  • Boston, Dec. 16th, 1773 colonists (some disguised) boarded ships in the harbor and dumped their tea overboard
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