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The Boston Tea Party

Answer Key

  1. Because British companies like East India Company would not have to pay the tax on tea, they could sell their tea for a cheaper price than could companies based in the Americas.
  2. The colonists were forced to pay taxes to a government run by leaders they did not elect. The colonists also had no say in the laws that these leaders passed.
  3. Parliament shut down Boston Harbor, as part of a series of laws that became known as the Intolerable Acts, or Coercive Acts.
  4. The colonists organized military resistance and petitioned the British government to repeal the Intolerable Acts.
  5. The Tea Party increased conflict between Britain and the colonists, eventually leading to war.