Intolerable Acts
By: Jennifer


WHO? King George, George Washington, Colonists
WHAT? The right to have there freedom and not be under King George's rulings
WHEN? March 1774, May 1775
WHERE? Massachussetts, Boston, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WHY? King George wanted power over the colonies, but the colonists wanted to run their own area without taxes
HOW? They closed off the harbor and wouldn't let any ships come in with tea until all the taxes were paid off



    March 1774 Parliament passed a series of laws.  This was called the Coercive acts.  One of these acts closed the port to Boston, until the tea was payed for.  Another act was British crimesters were tried in English courts rather than Amerrican.  Another Act was British troops coudn't be in any town of Massachussetts, even if they had their own private homes there.  The Massachussetts charter was greatly reduced, and lowered the colony's right of self-government.  A colony from Massachussetts and Boston had to take responsibility for the actions of unknown protestors.  The Coercive Acts were so harsh that colonies gave it the name the "Intolerable Acts".
   
    Caesar Rodney had been elected a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.  In 1774 the First Continental Congress met together to protest against the "Intolerable Acts."  They hoped that the protest would reach King George in England.  If he did not get back to them they would meet again in the spring.  King George ignored their protest, so they met in Philadelphia May 1775.  For one last try they sent King George the "Olive Branch Petition."  This was an assurance that the Americans were still loyal to Great Britain.  They waited for an answer, but soon figured out that the only way to go was war.  Washington led the army to Boston to fight.  After many battles King George still ignored the protest and sent more troops to fight.  The Declaration of Independance was written declaring the independance of the colonies.
   



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