The Townshend Acts
By: Gabby Whorley
What did they do?
It was a series of acts passed beginning in 1776, by the Parliament of Great Britain. The acts were concerned with North America. Their purpose was to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so they would be loyal to Great Britain.
How did the colonist react?
One colonist named John Dickson responded by by writing "Letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania. He explained in the letters that any taxes that were imposed on them by the Parliament were unconstitutional. The colonies resisted causing for British troops to take over Boston, which ended in the Boston Massacre of 1770.