Although the British Parliament stopped taxing Americans for most items, they kept the tax on tea as a symbol of their power over the colonies.
Not drinking tea became a symbol of American independence.
At the time tea was one of the most popular drinks, so giving it up was not easy. But, as one woman wrote, “rather than Freedom, we’ll part with our Tea.”
When one man objected to the Revolution, some Daughters of Liberty tarred and feathered him with molasses and flower petals as a punishment.