After a triumphant victory in the Seven Years’ War, Britain faced an unexpected adversary: staggering debt. With the national debt skyrocketing from £74 million to £133 million, the pressure was on to find new revenue sources. Britain’s gaze turned across the Atlantic to its American colonies. What demands would they place on the colonies? Would the Americans comply, or would resistance brew?

Join John and his special guest, renowned historian Dr. Benjamin Carp, as they delve into the escalating tensions between Britain and America. Explore how a seemingly innocuous commodity—tea—ignited a fierce battle for control and freedom. What lessons can we glean from history about the power of everyday foods to shape monumental conflicts?

“Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America” by Benjamin Carp:

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