TownShed Acts


The Act Summarized

  • Issued by the parliament of Great Britain
  • 5 Laws are mentioned
  • To raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so they would remain loyal to Great Britain
  • To create a more effective means of enforcing compliance with trade regulations
  • To punish the province of New York for falling to comply with the 1765 Quartering Act
  • To establish the precedent that the British parliament had the right to tax the colonies

How The Colonists Reacted

  • TownShed Act didn't create an instant uproar
  • The most influential colonial response to the TownShed Acts were a series of 12 essays by John Dickinson entitled "Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania"
  • Dickinson argued that there was no difference between internal and external taxes
  • The resistance in the colonies, prompted the occupation of Boston by British troops in 1768 which resulted in the Boston Massacre of 1770