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: With Parliament’s passage of the Tea Act in late spring 1773, an all-to-brief period of calm in colonial resistance to Britain’s taxation schemes came to a crashing end. Gone were the respectful petitions, the heartfelt arguments, Americans cut straight to the threat of violence, and all up and down the seaboard the consignees set to sell the dutied tea and ship captains bearing East India tea from England were forced to resign their commissions or haul anchor and flee.