The Townsend Act

1767

About the Townsend Act

King George has put taxes on all goods imported from Great Britain such as hundred weight of crown, plate, flint, white glass, green glass, red lead, white lead, and painters colors. His majesty is also putting taxes on every pound weight of tea, and every ream of paper (any kind). Also being taxed are all paper and silks which shall be printed, painted, or stained, in Great Britain, to serve for hangings or other uses. These taxes have been raised to benefit the colonies.

Other information about the Townsend Act

The act will start November 20, 1767. The taxes will be put on any imported goods from Great Britain into any colony or plantation in America, which now is under his majesty's rules. Any officers are aloud to go into and inspect any house, shop, cellar, warehouse, or room or other place, and, in case of resistance, the officers are aloud to break open doors, chests, trunks, and other packaging.