The Tea Act

1773

The Act

  • Act of Parliament of Great Britain
  • Reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company
  • Undercut the price of illegal tea
  • Convince colonist to purchase Company tea

Colonist Reaction

  • Colonist recognized the implications of the Act's provision
  • Opposed the Act
  • On December 16, 1773 colonist boarded tea ships anchored in the harbor and dumped their tea cargo overboard
  • Culminated the Boston Tea Party