The patriots interpreted these actions as infringing on their right to legislate and tax themselves. They immediately began to put pressure on the local merchants who would sell the tea on consignment. Though such merchants in New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston refused to accept the tea shipments, those in Boston would not concede.
It took three hours to dump the 90,000 pounds of tea worth £10,000. To Parliament, this event confirmed the suspicion that Boston was the hub of resistance to legitimate rule, and the Coercive Acts of 1774 were designed to punish that city in particular.