In 1773 Parliament passed the Tea Act, which gave the English East India Company a monopoly on the importation and distribution of tea into the colonies. Direct shipment from India allowed the company to avoid paying the tea tax required of tea shipped from England. American shipping lines and local merchants objected and the eventual result was the Boston Tea Party.
The Boston Tea Party was about fighting the powers that be because they sold the people out to the corporation and then gave the corporation a tax break. Now the corporation markets the tea party to the people and some of them are dumb enough to buy it. Happy 4th of July.
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