Boston Tea Party Broadsheet preface


Following the Boston Massacre in 1770 the people of Boston were extremely upset.  The situation began to settle down when the British removed their troops from the city.  Life in Boston slowly returned to normal.  England attempted to continue to ease tensions by repealing most of the Townshend Acts; however, one significant duty remained.  Parliament refused to eliminate the tax on tea.  This was important due to the fact that tea was one of the most widely used products in the American colonies.  The Board of Customs Commissioners was in place to ensure that the tax was being paid.  While many of the colonists were tired of the conflict with Britain, others saw this tea tax as an issue to be contested.  By 1773 the issue of tea came to a head.  In May of 1773 Parliament passed the Tea Act.  The point of this measure was to help a failing English tea company.  Under the Tea Act the East India Tea Company would be allowed to appoint their own agents in America who would sell tea directly to the colonists.  The tea could be sold without the added expense of middle men or taxes.  Colonists could actually buy tea at a cheaper price; however, American merchants were extremely angry at being cut out of the tea business.  Many people in the colonies saw this situation as an act of oppression by the British government. 

Boston Tea Party