Intolerable Acts

1774

The Act in General

Was passed by British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party

Meant to punish the Massachusetts colonists for their defiance by throwing tea into the Boston harbor

In Great Britain these laws were called the Coercive Acts

Took away Massachusetts self-government and historic rights

Gave rise to the American Revolution which would establish our country

What the Colonists thought

The colonists were outraged and resisted the Acts in the Thirteen Colonies

Viewed it as a violation of their natural rights and colonial charters

It was a threat to the liberties of all British America, not just Massachusetts

Richard Henry Lee of Virginia said, "a most wicked system for destroying the liberty of America."