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The Tea Act was created to save the East India Company. It said tea could be sold to markets in the American colonies. It also imposed no new taxes on Americans.
Seven ships set sail for America with tea.
"Gentlemen you know me as Sam Adams"
The colonists, led by the Sons of Liberty, wanted the ships to return to England, and refused the unloading of the ships’ cargo of tea
They dumped all 342 chests ($1.7 million worth) of tea into the harbor
"No Taxation Without Representation
"Were not to damage anything else were just after the tea"
Dec. 16, 1773
This angered the British government. It closed the port, and passed laws to punish Boston and remind colonists who was in control
"Drinking tea is unpatriotic we must drink coffee"
"Who cares if they are angry. We have to stand up for our rights"
Three years after Parliament passed the Tea Act, the colonies declared their independence as the United States of America. The American Revolution had begun.