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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation THE BOSTON “TEA PARTY” In 1773, however, Britain furnished Adams and his allies with an incendiary issue. The  powerful East India Company, finding itself in critical financial straits, appealed to the  British government, which granted it a monopoly on all tea exported to the colonies. The  government also permitted the East India Company t o supply retailers directly, bypassing colonial wholesalers.  By then, most of the tea  consumed in America was imported illegally, duty-free. By selling its tea through its own  agents at a price well under the customary one, the East India Company made  smuggling unprofitable and threatened to eliminate the independent colonial  merchants.  Aroused not only by the loss of the tea trade but also by the monopolistic 
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Unformatted text preview: practice involved, colonial traders joined the radicals agitating for independence. In ports up and down the Atlantic coast, agents of the East India Company were forced to resign. New shipments of tea were either returned to England or warehoused. In Boston, however, the agents defied the colonists; with the support of the royal governor, they made preparations to land incoming cargoes regardless of opposition. On the night of December 16, 1773, a band of men disguised as Mohawk Indians and led by Samuel Adams boarded three British ships lying at anchor and dumped their tea cargo into Boston harbor. Doubting their countrymen's commitment to principle, they feared that if the tea were landed, colonists would actually purchase the tea and pay the tax....
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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