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Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party, from Library of Congress

The Tea Act (1773) was an Act on Parliament made by Great Britain that taxed all incoming tea goods that were bound for the Thirteen Colonies. The particular goal of the Tea Act was to tax the Americans on their in-demand product to help support the East India Company, which was going into a struggle financially with their products.

People of the Thirteen Colonies realized this unfair tax, in their opinion, was only for the East India Company, which directly supported Britain itself and was one of its most prominent companies. In one of the most famous events in the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts, in which Americans boarded stocked ships and threw it into the sea, creating a scene that was well remembered by the British and gained the rights the colonists wanted. After this event, the Tea Act was eventually repealed to avoid any further acts of retaliation on the colonists' side.

Song ReferencesEdit

"Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky
Imagine what gon’ happen when you try to tax our whisky
"
— Thomas Jefferson, "Cabinet Battle 1"

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