What was the act of British Parliament of Townshend Acts?
What is the Townshend Act?
The Townshed Act is one of the series made in ( June- 15 July-2 1767 ) the King signed bills by the British Parliament. The British American colonists named the acts after Charles Townshend, who sponsored them. It imposed duties on glass, lead, paper, and tea imported into the colonies. Though, Americans viewed that the taxation was an abuse of power while Townshend hoped that the Acts would defray imperial expenses in the colonies though. In 1770, the repelled the duties except the tax on tea.
What happened then?
Many Americans later thought that Parliament had no right to impose any taxes on the colonists. Then Samuel Adams (Speaking for Legislature) put in " In all free states, the constitution is fixed..." It dissolved the legislative, issued a Circular Letter describing the measures it had against the Townshend Acts. But it also led the series of Non-Importation Agreements, then reduced colonial imports from Britain in 1768-69 by half! Later the years before the Revolution, resistance to the tea tax became a symbol of American Patriotism.