Townshend Acts
By: Mitch



Charles Townshend was known as Champagne Charlie to his friends, was the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that he approve of our taxing the Colonies so as to provide for their own safety and preservation, and by which the Colonies should be taxed conformable to their abilities, in a manner that should be least burdensome and most efficacious.

The Townshend Acts, were intended to raise the revenue of the British legislature, tighten customs enforcement, and assert imperial authority in America, were sponsored by Charles Townshend, and enacted on June 29th, 1767. Its purpose was to provide salaries for some colonial officials.

The tax was on lead, paper, paint, glass, and tea (did not on silk).

It caused the colonists to be angry.    The Townshend Acts called for new import taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea.  In March 1770, the Townshend Acts were repealed except for the tax on tea.

        The Townshend Acts were very unpopular with the colonists, who criticized the Acts and demonstrated in protest in October.  The colonists decided to once again boycott all English items.


The Townshend Acts included the following:

New York Restraining Act.

Customs Service Reorganization.
Townshend Duty Act.


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