Townshend Act

1767

Summarization

A series of five acts imposed on the British colonies, named after Charles Townshend, that would punish New York for not complying to the 1765 quartering act, and raise taxes in all colonies to better pay governing officials in the colonies so they stay true to Great Britain.

How colonists reacted

After some time the colonists began to oppose the acts, including colonist John Dickinson who wrote twelve essays that appeared in December 1667. These essays stated that there was no difference between taxation inside and outside of Britain and that the tax on the colonies was unconstitutional. This led to British troops inhabiting Boston, Leading to the Boston massacre of 1770.