Townshend Acts
  By Kristen

Who ::Charles Townshend, the American colonists leader.
::The American citizens.
::King George III , the King of England.
::The British soldiers.
What ::While the Revolutionary war was going on, the British had control over the American government. The British were forcing taxes on the American colonists when buying lead, paint, paper, glass, oil and tea. The taxes were only in use for the money to go towards the British soldiers who were in war.
When ::In the years of 1776-1777
Where ::All in America
Why ::Taxes were forced because the British soldiers needed money to support them during the war.
How ::Charels Townshend took over the government and therefore had the power to tax the people.
   

 Brief Summary
In the summer of 1766, King George III of England replaced Prime Minister Rockingham with William Pitt. Pitt was very popular in the colonies. He was against the Stamp Act and believed that colonists were entitled to all the rights of English Citizens. He believed that all the colonists should have the same privileges.
    However, a few months later, William Pitt got sick. He was so ill that he was forced to give up his position in the government. This led into Charles Townshend taking over and leading part of the government. Unlike Pitt, Townshend was not concerned about the rights of the American colonists. He convinced the Parliament to pass a series of taxes on lead, paint, paper, glass, and tea import on the colonists. These taxes went toward the British soldiers, and this made the colonists very angry because they didn't have a lot of money in the first place, and they didn't want to be giving it all to the soldiers.


 Here are theextra amounts of money the colonists had to pay for their taxes:

For every hundredweight avoirdupois of crown, plate, flint, and white glass: four shillings and eight pence.  

For every hundredweight avoirdupois of red lead: two shillings.

For every hundredweight avoirdupois of green glass: one shilling and two pence.

For every hundred weight avoirdupois of white lead: two shillings.

For every hundred weight avoirdupois of paints colors: 2 shillings.

For every pound of weight avoirdupois of tea: 3 pence.

For every ream of paper, usually called or known by the name of Atlas Fine: 12 shillings.


 Sources

"Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies 1767." Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies 1767. History Central.com. 10 Jan 2007 <http://www.multied.com/Revolt/Townshend.html>.

"Colonial America." The Townshend Acts. U-S-history.com. 10 Jan 2007 <http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h643.html>.

"The Townshend Revenue Act." ushistory.org. 1999-2007. Independence Hall Association. 18 Jan 2007 <http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/townshend.htm>.






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