Townshend Act

    The summer of 1776 King George III of England substituted the Prime Minister Rockingham with William Pitt. Pitt opposed the Stamp Act and believed that the colonists were permitted to all the rights of English citizens.
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When Pitt became sick Charles Townshend, Chancellor of the Exchequer took over the reins of the Government. Unlike his ancestor, Townshend wasn’t concerned of the delicacy of rights for the Americans colonists. He wanted to strengthen the power of British Parliament that would all together strengthen the power of royal officials. He convinced the Parliament to go by a series of laws imposing new taxes on the colonists. The new laws included special taxes on lead, paint, paper, glass, and tea imported by colonists. In addition, the New York legislature was on the edge until it agreed to British quarters.

"Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies." On-line. Internet. Dec. 18 2003.Available WWW:http://www.multied.com/Revolt/Townshend.html


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