Townshend Act of 1767

By Mariam H., Marazzia J., and Hannah H.

The Townshend Act

Townshend Act- The Townshend act was a tax on everything in the town. The article about the Townshend act states that all colonists will be taxed for 'Every hundred weight of crown, plate, flint, white glass, green glass, red lead, white lead, or painters colors, for every pound of tea, for ever ream of paper, and for and upon all paper which shall be printed, painted, or stained, and for and upon all silks to be stained, painted, printed...' shall be taxed. (By 1770, all of the taxes were repealed, except the tea tax, which later contributed to a colonial boycott on tea).

"The Townshend Act practice brings more taxes!"

British Parliament member's View

As a British Parliament member, and an official tax collector, I would like to say that I agree with the amount of tax that the colonists are being charged, and I have to say I agree with the new Townshend act. The townshend act is an act that charges colonists for almost everything they own, bringing lots of money to the king. After the French and Indian war, England is in great debt, and the king has assumes that the only way to pay off this debt and get money is to increase the amount of tax. The townshend act was also created to encourage the increased tax. We chose to pass the townshend act

Colonists' Reaction

The colonists were very upset that they were charged for common things that most of them owned. "No taxation without Representation!" Is a slogan that relates to how they felt to the increased taxes.