Definition: 1773 Act that
gave a monopoly on tea sales to the East India Company. In
other words, American colonists could buy no tea unless it
came from that company. Why? Well, the East Indian Company
wasn't doing so well, and the British wanted to give it some
more business. The Tea Act lowered the price on this East
India tea so much that it was way below tea from other
suppliers. But the American colonists saw this law as yet
another means of "taxation without representation" because
it meant that they couldn't buy tea from anyone else
(including other colonial merchants) without spending a lot
more money. Their response was to refuse to unload the tea
from the ships. This was the situation in Boston that led to
the Boston Tea Party.
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