Tea Act

May 10, 1773

On May 10, 1773 the British Parliament enacted the Tea Act of 1773.


The act established a monopoly on the importation of tea into the American colonies, for the British East India Tea Company. Although the act imposed no new taxes on the colonies, it did affirm the position that that the British government had the right to tax the colonies, by maintaining the existing tax on tea. Colonial reaction to the Tea Act led to the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773.

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  • Article Title Tea Act
  • Coverage May 10, 1773
  • Author
  • Keywords tea act
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date January 18, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 13, 2018