What was the colonists response to the Tea Act?

Actually, the " colonist" didn't think that. It was a small group of men who were protecting their own economic interest. The British had LOWERED the tax on tea and this made the price of the tea smuggled into the colonies higher than the British. The smugglers were upset and two of the biggest smugglers in the colonies were Hamilton and Hancock. Hancock was very wealthy and he funded/supported the Son's of Liberty. Without him there would have been no Sam Adams nor the Son's of Liberty, but the whole purpose was to protect his economic interests. The people in the colonies paid LESS taxes than people in England paid.