The law was passed at a time when many colonists already resented the British government for their lack of representation in Parliament and for the perceived failure of the government to protect the colonies and make land available to all colonists. On December 16, 1773, the most famous protest against the new law took place in Boston Harbor. Numerous other protests featuring the destruction of tea occurred in other colonial cities.
On December 22, 1774, the final tea protest before the Revolutionary War took place in Greenwich, New Jersey. The colonial rebels stole the tea from a British sympathizers home where it was being stored in an effort to prevent such an occurrence. The effort to create this monument predates 1900, and the monument itself was constructed in the early and unveiled on September 30, 1908.