The Townshend Acts



Its purpose was to raise taxes in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges.

  • Passed by the Parliament of Great Britain
  • Its a series of acts
  • Named after Charles Townshend


There were many responses to the Townshend Acts but John Dickinson wrote a series of 12 essays entitled "Letter from a Farmer in Pennsylvania".

  • The colonists were angry about the taxes
  • They felt that the taxes were unconstitutional
  • All the uproar eventually led to the Boston Massacre of 1770

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