What it was…• The Tea Act gave the East India Tea Company exclusive rights to sell tea in the colonies.• The East India Tea Company was losing money and the British government wanted to protect them.
What was the big deal?• If it wasn’t a tax, why did they care?• The Townsend Duties – A previous tax on the colonists that had been repealed – A tax on tea remained – Colonists were already boycotting tea in protest• The Sons of Liberty (remember them?) were worried that the now cheap tea (because of no competition) would hurt the boycott efforts.
We’re having a party….• The Sons of Liberty dumped the tea overboard in Boston harbor.• There were also smaller“tea parties” inGeorgetown andCharles Town.
Intolerable Acts• The British Parliament became very angry when they heard of the “tea parties” and passed a series of laws the colonists called the “Intolerable Acts.” –The Port of Boston was closed, no goods could go in or out –Other colonies, like South Carolina, sent food and supplies to help them survive