The Intolerable Acts

The Year of 1774

Motives/Summary

  • 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.
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Downside

  • 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.
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