Townshend Acts
 By: Megan

   
    Charles Townshend made a plan to put a tax on the colonist because he didn’t like that the colonist had won against the stamp act. The Townshend Act was to put tax directly on the special idems. Parliament passed the Townshend Act in 1767.  It placed duties or taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea imported into the colonies. The Townshend Acts were being disagreed upon it and wanted to protect its duties, so they decided to boycott things from Great Britain. Great Britain was hurt and pressed the government to back down.
This law gave officials the right to search warrants also known as writs of assistance. They could search anywhere they wanted if they suspected smuggle goods were there.
    Colonist started signing things like the nonimportation agreements that meant they would not accept imported items from Great Britain. Not only were the Sons of Liberty against this there was also the daughters of liberty signed pledges against drinking tea and wearing British made cloth. So they had to make their own clothes and this became a strong symbol of American resistance.

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In 1770, Parliament withdrew all the Townshend duties except the one on tea. They left the tea tax to prove that they still have the right to tax the colonist. In Boston the colonist protest was called "taxation without representation" was really bad in Boston. British leaders were frighten by the fighting of the colonist and fired into a crowd of rioters.


Five men die including one African-Americans named Crispus Attucks. This killing became known as the Boston Massacre. The news spread to the colonist and it turned them against the United Kingdom. 1772 was when the colonist made their first committee against the British and then committees were being made all over and it helps unite the colonist against the British.
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The colonists were inspired by the writings of John Dickson and Samuel Adams and many others who wrote out against the Townshend. The boycott decreased British trade, and in 1770 most of the Acts were repealed, but retention of the tea tax caused the Boston Tea Party.
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Martin, James Kirby. "Revolutionary War in America." World Book Online Reference Center. 2006. World Book, Inc. 24 Jan. 2006 <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar466820>.

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