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: In the early 1770s, in order to reduce tensions, the London government eliminated all import taxes in colonial commerce save for a tiny tax on tea. The scheme worked and cross-Atlantic trade increased exponentially, but the tea tax still had the ability to set American teeth on edge because it represented Parliament’s continued determination to force taxation.

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