By: Nyzae Jones and bryce santmyer
What it was
The Townshend Act was a series of four acts passed by the British Parliament in an attempt to assert what they considered to be a historic right to exert authority over the colonies through suspension of representative assembly and strict provisions for the collection of revenue duties. the acts were named Townshend because it was the name of Charles Townshend who sponsored them. the four acts were the revenue act, the indemnity act, the commissioners of customs act and the new York restraining act.
What led up to this
Townshend Acts, 1767, originated by Charles Townshend and passed by the English Parliament shortly after the repeal of the Stamp Act. They were designed to collect revenue from the colonists in America by putting customs duties on imports of glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea.
The effects of this act was it caused Americans to boycott which means it caused people to refuse to buy that specific item. The act also took away some important rights and it also re-authorized the use of blank search warrants which is called the writs of assistance which allowed the search of anyone without giving reason.
The response to these acts were people harassing tax collectors and merchants who violated the boycotts were common and colonial assemblies came into action.
This affected the relationship between the British and the colonists was worsened because the colonist already wanted to be separated form the British and all this did was make them want their wish to come faster.