TheBritishTaxActs

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  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Parliament, desiring revenue from its North American colonies, passed the first law specifically aimed at raising colonial money for the Crown. The act increased duties on non-British goods shipped to the colonies.
  • Quartering act

    Quartering act
    The British further angered American colonists with the Quartering Act, which required the colonies to provide barracks and supplies to British troops.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Parliament's first direct tax on the American colonies, this act, like those passed in 1764, was enacted to raise money for Britain. It taxed newspapers, almanacs, pamphlets, broadsides, legal documents, dice, and playing cards. Issued by Britain, the stamps were affixed to documents or packages to show that the tax had been paid.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    To help pay the expenses involved in governing the American colonies, Parliament passed the Townshend Acts, which initiated taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The arrival of troops in Boston provoked conflict between citizens and soldiers. On March 5, a group of soldiers surrounded by an unfriendly crowd opened fire, killing three Americans and fatally wounding two more. A violent uprising was avoided only with the withdrawal of the troops to islands in the harbor. The soldiers were tried for murder, but convicted only of lesser crimes; noted patriot John Adams was their principal lawyer.
  • Committees of Correspondents

    Committees of Correspondents
    Samuel Adams called for a Boston town meeting to create committees of correspondence to communicate Boston's position to the other colonies. Similar committees were soon created throughout the colonies.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    By reducing the tax on imported British tea, this act gave British merchants an unfair advantage in selling their tea in America. American colonists condemned the act, and many planned to boycott tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    When British tea ships arrived in Boston harbor, many citizens wanted the tea sent back to England without the payment of any taxes. The royal governor insisted on payment of all taxes. On December 16, a group of men disguised as Indians boarded the ships and dumped all the tea in the harbor.
  • Coercive Act

    Coercive Act
    In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed several acts to punish Massachusetts. The Boston Port Bill, The Administration of Justice Act, and The Massachusetts Government Act
  • The First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress
    Twelve of the thirteen colonies sent a total of fifty-six delegates to the First Continental Congress. Only Georgia was not represented. One accomplishment of the Congress was the Association of 1774, which urged all colonists to avoid using British goods, and to form committees to enforce this ban.