When the British increased taxes in America, the colonists responded with rebellious fury, most notably, the Boston Tea Party, but when Britain lashed back with even more force, it opened the eyes of Americans alike to the oppression they lived under. For years, the American people opted to buy smuggled tea from Holland instead of paying the extra money on a taxed British tea. Not only was tea cheaper from Holland but many Americans did not want to pay the tax and contribute to British rule. When British Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773, it allowed them to provide tea to America for cheaper than the smuggled tea. American tea merchants, unable to compete with this new low price, were put out of business.
The Boston Tea Party led to the creation of the US and the revolutionary war. Before any taxes were put on tea, the colonists had to deal with the Quartering and Sugar Act. They didn’t like it since it included the British invading their homes and belongings. They were taxed on multiple things. The colonists decided it would be a good idea to just boycott British goods.
Colonists were well organized to be against British and their policies of acts involving tea. With the mistake of Lord North, and the allowance of the Tea Company being able to avoid paying duties and sell tea in America for less. Groups in Boston dumped all their property into the harbor rather then having to deal with any other confrontation and accept anything that lowered those standards from Britain. Tea became the symbol of British by their government. Boston was the middle of confrontation on the night of December 16th, 1773.
Thus, the company could undersell American merchants and monopolize the colonial tea trade. By October, the Sons of Liberty in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston threatened tea imports and pledged a tea boycott. The Tea Act was incendiary for many reasons. First, it angered colonial merchants who feared they would be replaced and bankrupt by this powerful company. Second, the company chose to give exclusive privileges to certain merchants for the sale of their tea.
The company's plan was to select three major cities in America to get rid of their competition. They would hire other handlers in Philadelphia, Charleston, and New York. By having the tea sold in America, they could avoid the high taxes of England. After they had eliminated their other competitors, they would charge much more for the tea that they were selling (Francis 1). When the colonists heard that the East India Company was selling tea to these cities, almost all of them were furious and wanted England to be aware of it.
As a matter of fact, the British actually lowered the tea tax, but only for the British East India Company. Although colonists had what they asked for, they were looking at the big picture and they ... ... middle of paper ... ...hey were being treated by the British. The British felt highly disrespected and were afraid of losing control of everything they had in America. The Boston Tea Party was one of the many protests against Parliament that the Americans put forth in order to fight for their independence. The Boston Tea Party had many reasons behind it and one of the most famous mottos that came out if it was to have, "no taxation without representation."
As a result, they lowered the price of the tea and sent it to America for the colonists to buy. This was called the Tea Act. The colonists weren't stupid and immediately recognized it as a hidden tax. They were extremely outraged and a secret group called the Sons of Liberty got the idea of throwing out the tea into the Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party had a prodigious impact on the colonies politically, economically, and socially which altered the course set for America.
This was to be achieved by greatly lowering its tea tax and allowing it a domination on the American tea trade. Many colonists saw the act as another example of taxation dictatorship. In a response to the Tea Act, revolutionary colonists in Massachusetts planned the "Boston Tea Party." The colonist disguised themselves as Native Americans, snuck onto British Import Ships, and dumped all the tea into Boston Harbor. England was extremely upset by the Boston Tea Party and other deliberate acts of destruction of British property.
With out competition the East India Company had full control over the prices they set. This infuriated the Colonists. Pamphlets and protests did not seem to be cutting it anymore, so some felt like action needed to be taken. The Sons of Liberty answered the call. In an act of defiance, “a few dozen of the Sons of Liberty, opposing new British laws in the colonies, systematically dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston harbor.
The Tea Act of 1773 was passed by Parliament that allowed the British East India Company to export tea to America without having to pay navigation taxes that the colonists had to disburse. This privilege gave the company the potentiality to undersell and monopolize American merchants and their tea trade. More significantly, it revitalized American fervor on taxation without representation. As a result, the colonists boycotted tea as means of remonstration. Not only was it unjust, it showed that Parliament was biased when it came to raising revenue for the war debt.