The Intolerable Acts
The Year of 1774
- They were meant to punish the Massachusetts colonists for throwing the tea cargo overboard during the Boston Tea Party.
- In Great Britain they called it the Coercive Acts. Those acts took away Massachusetts self-government and historic rights, triggering outrage in the Thirteen Colonies.
- Many colonists saw these acts as a violation to their natural rights, constitutional rights, and their colonial charters. They saw this as a threat to all liberties of British America. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia said that these acts were "the most wicked system to destroy the liberties of America."
- Eventually, all of this led to the American Revolution which concluded to the Declaration of Independence in July 4th of 1776.