Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: The early 1770s proved to be a time of diminished tension between Britain and the North American colonies. In an attempt to reduce points of contention the London government repealed all import taxes from the 1767 Townshend scheme save for the three pence per pound tax on tea. The plan worked generally, but colonial resentment still remained on a slow simmer because Parliament did not disclaim its right to tax when it reduced the number of commodities in the revenue structure. This irritation did not prevent colonial merchants from engaging in a veritable orgy of trade with Britain nearly doubling their volume in the three years after 1771 in comparison to the three before. Even in Boston, the cockpit of colonial resistance, merchants held their noses and brought in a half million pounds of dutied tea.

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