Lead: The Boston Tea Party was the result of attempts by the government of Great Britain to collect taxes, but also to protect the tea monopoly.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The circumstances producing conflict are rarely simple. For generations Americans have been told the story of the Boston Tea Party as the desperate act of a tiny group of frustrated patriots striking out at an oppressive British government bent on revenue enhancement at the colonies’ expense, “taxation without representation.” Yet, that was not all the story.

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