Townshend Act

1767

Townshend Acts summarized

Purpose:


  • raise money for governors and judges to keep them loyal to Britain
  • enforce compliance with trade regulation
  • punish the province of New York for not agreeing with an act
  • to give Britain the right to tax the colonies.
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Colonies reaction and response

  • Did not create an uproar at first
  • Most influential response was a series of 12 essays by John Dickinson
  • He talked about how there is no difference in internal and external taxes
  • In 1768 the resistance in Boston went against the British troops, which resulted in the Boston massacre of 1770
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