Were the colonists angry about the Tea Act of 1773? You bet! They loved their tea like we love coffee. But that wasn’t the only reason they had their knickers in a twist. Merchants and Dutch smugglers had economic and social reasons for wanting the Boston Tea Party to occur. Using Benjamin L. Carp’s article Did Dutch Smugglers Provoke the Boston Tea Party?, Tanner Sale, Jack Firer, and Mitchell Sutton examine the different motives and perspectives around the Tea Act that led to the Boston Tea Party.