The Tea Acts 1773

What the Act said

  • reduce the surplus of British East India Company tea
  • convince the colonists to purchase Company tea, thus agreeing to British taxation
  • allowed company to ship directly to North America

Colonial Response

  • Colonists recognized the acts implications, and mobilized opposition to the distribution of English tea
  • Company workers were harassed, many successful efforts to prevent the tea from landing
  • this resistance led up to the Boston Tea Party on Dec 16, 1773