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    What is the position taken by the British Parliament and the American Patriots for the Tea Act and the Coercive Acts? How did each of these events contribute to the growing tension between Great Britain and the Colonies?

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    The Tea Act

    Spring of the year 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. It was designed to save the British colonial economic machine, The East India Company which lowered its tea tax and granted it monopoly on the tea trade in the British American Colonies. This allowed the company to undercut just about every importer of tea into the American colonies, even undercutting smuggled tea and related goods by Dutch traders. Its title is rather long -

    "An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea to any of his Majesty's colonies or plantations in America; ...

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    The solution is a concise 491-word APA-format essay discussing the position taken by the British Parliament and the American Patriots/Colonial on the Tea Act and the Coercive Acts to show how these elements contributed to the tension between Britain & the Colonies. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.