The Townshend Acts


  • the townshend acts were a series of acts passed in 1767 by the Parliament of Great Britain
  • the acts are named after Charles Townshend, the chancellor of the exchequer
  • five laws are often mentioned: the revenue act, the indemnity act, the commissioners of customs act, the vice admiralty court act, and the New York restraining act
  • the purpose of the townshend act was to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of government and judges so they would remain loyal to great Britain