Townshend acts

The towniest of acts! By jake sturgeon & Brandon cochran

Revenue Act of 1767

An act for granting certain duties in the British colonies and plantations in America; for allowing a drawback of the duties of customs upon the exportation from this kingdom, of coffee and cocoa nuts of the produce of the said colonies or plantations; for discontinuing the drawbacks payable on china earthen ware exported to America; and for more effectually preventing the clandestine running of goods in the said colonies and plantations.

Indemnity Act

In legal terms, an Act of Indemnity is a statute passed to protect people who have committed some illegal act which would otherwise cause them to be subjected to legal penalties.

Commissioners of Customs Act

The Commissioners of Customs Acts stated that new taxes were to be placed on various items imported into Britain's North American colonies and used to creat a new regime to enforce regulations and prosecute smugglers

Vice Admiralty Court Act

The Vice-Admiralty Court Act was one of the hated Townshend Acts which created new taxes on the British American colonies and called for strict enforcement of customs regulations.


The Vice-Admiralty Court Act gave Royal naval courts jurisdiction over all matters concerning customs violations and smuggling, rather than colonial courts. Before the Act, customs violators could be tried in an admiralty court in Halifax, Nova Scotia if royal prosecutors believed they would not get a favorable outcome using a local judge and jury. The Vice-Admiralty Court Act added three new royal admiralty courts in Boston, Philadelphia and Charleston to aid in more effective prosecutions.

New York Restraining Act

The New York Restraining Act was one of the five Townshend Acts passed by Parliament in 1767 and 1768 to lay more taxes with strict enforcement upon Britain's American colonies.

The New York Restraining Act was the first of the five Acts and was passed on June 15, 1767. It forbade the New York Assembly and the governor of New York from passing any new bills whatsoever until they agreed to comply with the Quartering Act of 1765, which required them to pay for and provide housing, food and supplies for British troops in the colony.

Townshend act

Taxes on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea were applied with the design of raising £40,000 a year for the administration of the colonies. The result was the resurrection of colonial hostilities created by the Stamp Act.