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  • Patriots knew they could always drink Dutch Tea that had been smuggled into the colonies without paying duties
  • The tea act was Lord North's attempt to rescue the British East India Company that controlled all trade between Great Britain and Asia
  • By 1773, the tea company was in danger of going broke unless it could self off the 17 million pounds of tea that were sitting in its London warehouse
  • The tea act also gave the British East India Company a monopoly, or complete control, over tea sales in the colonies
  • Lord North may have thought he could persuade Americans to buy taxed tea by making it so cheap, but colonists weren’t fooled. They saw the Tea Act as still another attempt to tax them without their consent.
  • When the British East India Company's tea ships sailed into American ports, angry protesters kept them from unloading their cargoes n Boston, however, the royal governor ordered the British navy to block the exit from Boston Harbor. He insisted that three tea ships would not leave until all their tea was unloaded. On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty decided to unload the tea, On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty decided to unload the tea
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