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Tea Tax

In 1773, Colonial America was seen as a great way to unload a huge surplus of tea that the British East India Company found themselves with. The Tea Act was going to ensure that colonials bought the tea and submitted to England's taxation rules in one fell swoop — two birds with one Earl Grey, if you would. Of course, young Americans balked at it, dressed up, and threw some of that tea into the Boston Harbor. And because of that, we now have a Starbucks on every corner. Thanks, early colonists!

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