Why did colonist protest the tax on tea?

The smugglers brought Dutch tea into the colonies. Since the 1730's there had been colonial smugglers providing goods that were not allowed into the colonies. Two of the biggest smugglers were Hancock and Hamilton . In fact, it was Hancock who funded the Son's of Liberty. Without him Samuel Adams would have had no group. The sole purpose of the group was to protect the interests of the smugglers. The Boston Tea Party was in protest of the British LOWERING the tea tax. This affected the smuggled cost of the Dutch tea and they threw the tea into the harbor to protect their economic interests. As far as taxes go the people in the colonies paid less tax than they did in Britain.
The smugglers brought Dutch tea into the colonies. Since the 1730's there had been colonial smugglers providing goods that were not allowed into the colonies. Two of the biggest smugglers were Hancock and Hamilton . In fact, it was Hancock who funded the Son's of Liberty. Without him Samuel Adams would have had no group. The sole purpose of the group was to protect the interests of the smugglers. The Boston Tea Party was in protest of the British LOWERING the tea tax. This affected the smuggled cost of the Dutch tea and they threw the tea into the harbor to protect their economic interests. As far as taxes go the people in the colonies paid less tax than they did in Britain.