Tea Act Dbq

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The Tea Act was passed on May 10, 1773, and really didn’t implement any new tax. The tax on tea had existed since the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act, in which glass, lead, paint, paper, and oil were also taxed. Because of the numerous protests and boycotts, all the taxes were repealed, except for the one on tea. That tax was kept to prove a point that Parliament still held the right to tax the American colonies. The passing of the Tea Act angered the colonists; the act granted the British East India Company a monopoly on tea sales. For the most part, it was introduced as a bailout policy to assist the company in getting out of debt. The main organizers of the Boston Tea Party were the members of a patriot organization known as the Sons of Liberty.
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