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: Three ships rode at anchor alongside Griffin’s Wharf in Boston harbor awaiting delivery in early December 1773. They were packed with casks of tea bearing a three-cent-per-pound duty in a Parliamentary monopoly scheme to benefit the financially ailing East India Company. Boston, indeed all the colonies, were up in arms over the Tea Act which continued Britain’s determination to dominate colonial life.

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