How did Great Britain react to the Boston Tea Party? 

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Great Britain reacted very strongly to the Boston Tea Party. When the colonists dumped the tea in the harbor at Boston, the British East India Company lost a significant amount of money. To punish the colonies, especially those in Massachusetts, for this action, the British passed the Intolerable Acts. These were harsh laws designed to punish the colonists.

The Intolerable Acts closed the port of Boston until they paid for tea. This would have a negative economic impact on the colonists. The colonists also lost some political power as the governor of Massachusetts was given more power, and town meetings were suspended. A third provision of the Intolerable Acts allowed the British to house their troops in the homes of the colonists. Prior to this, the colonists had to provide housing, but it wasn’t in the homes of the citizens. Finally, a British official who was accused of a crime in the colonies could have the trial in Britain where the jury might have more sympathy to the British official. The British believed the colonists must be punished for their role in the Boston Tea Party.

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