Townshend Act
by: Alex

    Members of the British government didnt like the disobedience of the colonies and there people that the stamp act made.  Charles Townshend, Chancellor of Exchequer, developed a new plan for making money off the colonies.  The Townshend act imposed an indirect tax on the colonists that he called duties.  In 1767, British Parliament passed on the Townshend acts.  One act placed tax on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea imported to the colonies.  Another act set up a customs agency to gather the new taxes.  The Townshend act led to new protests in the American Colonies.  The colonies accepted Britains right to regulate their trade.  The colonist argued that the duties were actually taxes in disguise.   To protest the Americas stopped buying the goods from the British.  British Merchants loosing money because of the boycott asked the government to back down with the new act.   In 1770 British Parliament withdrew all of the Townshend Duties except the one on tea.  It kept the tea duty to demonstrate its right to tax the colonies.  The protests against the duties were especially violent in Boston.   On March 5, 1770 soldiers and townspeople clashed in a street fight.  During the fight British soldiers fired into a crowd of rioters.  Five men died as a result, including a black patriot named Crispus Attucks.  They were the first colonist to die because of the British laws and acts.  This event became to be known as The Boston Massacre.  Colonist spread the news of the Boston Massacre to colonist everywhere to unite the Colonies against the British. The Massacre was also the casue of the Boston Tea Party.  The Committee Of Correspondence was created to explain to other communities that the liberties of all Americans were threatened by the British rule.  Other Committees of   Correspondence were created all over the Americas.  The Committees help unite the colonies in their fight against the British.

The Taxed Items

glass lead paint paper tea


Charles Townshend

The British Parliment

American Colonists


The Townshend Act and the effects it had on the American Colonists


The American  Colonies

Because the British still wanted to make money off the colonies after the Stamp Act

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Martin, James Kirby. "Revolutionary War in America." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. [Place of access. Date of access.] < id=ar466820>.

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"Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies 1767." Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies 1767. 2000. MultiEducator, Inc. . 17 Jan 2007 <>. 

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Ritchie, Donald, and Albert Broussard. More Conflicts With Parliament. Westerville, Ohio: The Mcgraw- Hill Companies, Inc, 1997.

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