The Intolerable Acts

Passed by British Parliament in 1774 after Boston Tea Party

What is it?

  • Meant to punish the Massachusetts Colonists for their defiance in throwing a large tea shipment into Boston Harbor
  • Took away their self- government and historic rights, triggering outrage and resistance in the Thirteen Colonies
  • Key development in the American Revolution in 1775

Reaction of the Colonists

  • Colonists saw this as a violation of their constitutional and natural rights as well as their colonial charters.
  • The saw the acts as threatening to the liberties of all British America.