The British colonials in America were forced to pay high prices for tea, due to the various taxes: there was also much smuggling of tea.
In the event a group of men, some in disguise, boarded three ships importing tea, and chucked the tea into the water.
- Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
- East India Company
- Townshend Revenue Act 1767 - levied taxes, including on tea, on the colonies.
- Tea Act 1773 - repealed with the 1778 Taxation of Colonies Act.
For a more comprehensive treatment, see the article on Wikipedia.