Tea was the colonists favorite beverage, and when the crates arrived on the boats, the shops would be refilled with the sweet drink.
Suddenly, on May 10th, 1773 the Tea Act passed by parliament, which gave the East Indian Tea Company a "monopoly" on the tea sales, but only in the American Colonies. The colonists where very unhappy with this.
Most colonists where extremely upset and mad about this new tax on tea, so they decided to stop buying it.
Trying to be clever, the parliament reduced the price of tea, while giving the struggling East India Colony a monopoly on the tea sales. However, the colonists did not fall for the parliaments trick.
When the ships arrived with crates full of the sweet drink, they where not aloud to unload the tea. The tea would be put away for 3 years in a warehouse until it would later be sold to the revolution. So, one day on December 16th, 1773 a few angry colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded the ships on the Boston harbor, destroying 92,000 pounds of tea.
All these conflicts between the colonists and parliament began sparking the revolutionary war.