Townshend Acts

By: Jill

The Townshend Acts were made and introduced by the British Parliament in  1767. They still wanted to get more money from the colonists, so they decided to tax them on paint, glass, paper, lead, tea, and other things that were imported into America.  They were named after the guy who came up with the idea, Charles Townshend.  He replaced William Pitt, who was the Prime Minister and who thought that Americans should have the same rights as British people. Townshend thought differently. That's why he made the Townshend Acts.

The Townshend Acts were taxes that were put on items that were imported into America.  The colonists would protest by signing petitions to the Parliament.  The Sons of Liberty boycotted the act, and the Daughters of Liberty signed pledges against drinking tea. This act also allowed British officials to have blank warrants, which allowed officers to search anywhere they pleased.

The Townshend Act was made in 1767 in Britain.  It was designed to tax the colonists on imported items that came into America.

The Townshend Acts were in Great Britain and came to the Colonies in 1767.  The New York Legislator suspended the acts until the agreed to house soldiers.

The British Parliament made the tax to get more money from the colonists after the stamp act failed.  The colonists protested the Townshend Acts by signing petitions, signing pledges, and boycotts.

The British wanted more money because they considered the colonists still people of England. The Parliament appealed the Townshend Acts on everything, except tea.  The fact that prices of items that were imported into American had dropped was why the British Parliament got rid of the Townshend Acts.

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Source 1

Ritchie, Donald A., and Albert S. Broussard. Taxes and Boycotts. Westerville, Ohio: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Source 2

"Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies ." History Central. 2000. History Central. 9 Feb 2007 <>.

Source 3 "Townshend Acts Repealed 1770." History Central. 2000. History Central. 9 Feb 2007 <>.