The Real Boston Tea Party

Here is a challenge to any historians out there.

I recently stumbled across an article about the Boston Tea Party that went counter to what I have been consistantly taught up to this point. I have always been led to believe that the tea party was a local revolt against a tax increase by the British Crown. This article claims that the revolt was actualy made against an act of corporate welfare that benifited a large corporation at the expense of local business.

the Boston Tea Party resembled in many ways the growing modern-day protests against transnational corporations and small-town efforts to protect themselves from chain-store retailers or factory farms. The Tea Party’s participants thought of themselves as protesters against the actions of the multinational East India Company…

Is any or all of this account of events true?

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