The Tea Act, passed by Parliament in May of 1773, would launch the final spark to the revolutionary movement in Boston. The act was not intended to raise revenue in the American colonies, and in fact imposed no new taxes. It was designed to prop up the East India Company which was floundering financially and burdened with eighteen million pounds of unsold tea. This tea was to be shipped directly to the colonies, and sold at a bargain price. The Townshend Duties were still in place, however, and the radical leaders in America found reason to believe that this act was a maneuver to buy popular support for the taxes already in force. The direct sale of tea, via British agents, would also have undercut the business of local merchants.
Colonists in Philadelphia and New York turned the tea ships back to Britain. In Charleston the cargo was left to rot on the docks. In Boston the Royal Governor was stubborn & held the ships in port, where the colonists would not allow them to unload. Cargoes of tea filled the harbor, and the British ship's crews were stalled in Boston looking for work and often finding trouble. This situation lead to the Boston Tea Party and let people drink tea.
The Sugar Act was enacted in order to prevent smuggling in the colonies. The British wanted the colonies to purchase goods only from Britain. The Tea Act was a lower in prices of tea from the British East India Company. the British enacted the Tea Act because their tea was too expensive and they couldn't sell. With a lower price, colonists began to buy the British tea. Colonial merchants were angry because their tea wouldn't sell to the colonists since the British tea had a lowered price. The Tea Act led to the Boston Tea Party where colonial merchants protested about British tea and threw crates of them into Boston harbor.
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