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250 Years of the Boston Tea Party

It is a defining moment in the history of the United States. The Boston Tea Party is 250 years ago and tea was at the heart of the protest against Great Britain.

Tea was made illegal in the United States for a brief period in the mid-1700s. In 1767, the British government passed the Townshend Acts, which placed taxes on a number of imported goods, including tea. The American colonies, who were already unhappy with being taxed without representation, saw the taxes on tea as a particularly egregious infringement on their rights. In response, many colonies boycotted British tea, and some even went so far as to make it illegal to import or sell tea. The most famous example of this was the Boston Tea Party of 1773, in which a group of colonists dressed as Native Americans boarded British ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 chests of tea into the water.

The British government responded to these acts of rebellion by passing the Coercive Acts, which included the Boston Port Act, which closed the port of Boston to all ships until the destroyed tea was paid for, and the Quartering Act, which forced colonists to provide food and lodging to British soldiers. These acts further inflamed tensions between the colonies and Great Britain and eventually led to the American Revolutionary War.

It is important to note that this tea prohibition was not a nationwide ban, but rather a local one, only applied in some of the colonies. The British government also repealed the Townshend Acts, except for the tax on tea which was kept to assert the principle of the British government’s authority to tax the colonies.

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