1. Tea Act(1773)
a. British gov't granted British East India Company a monopoly of
the American tea trade.
BEIC on the verge of bankruptcy which would have cost the
government huge revenues.
Price of tea would be even lower than existing prices, even with the tax.
b. Americans reacted angrily: saw Tea Act as an attempt
to trick colonies
the tax through cheaper tea.
The Boston Tea Party
Tea Act (1773)-charged a tax on all tea coming into colonies
most water had poor taste-boiled with tea leafs to make drinkable
reaction to the act became widespread
Delaware Committee for Tarring and Feathering took care of the tea shippers
Those who bought tea were marked as
Dartmouth- arrived in Nov. 1773 with tea
Sam Adams and Sons of liberty called for the ships return to England
Gov. Thomas Hutchinson ordered Boston Harbor to be closed
Dec. 17, 1773-Sons of Liberty, dressed as Indians, boarded the
brewed Boston Harbor with 90,000 lbs. Of tea
tea washed up 200 miles down the shores
Results of the Boston Tea Party
• King George
forced the 5 Intolerable Acts (coercive acts)
• Boston Port
Gov’t Act-turned over the gov’t to the royal officials
Administration of Justice Act-royal officials accused of crimes were tried in Britain
Act-revised 1765 act to where soldiers could be placed in private homes