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Acts Passed by Parliament

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The British government doesn't allow the colonists to settle westward. This land is for Native Americans. They do not want conflict with them. That would cause war which uses money for troops and forts. Also, Britain wanted to secure control over the colonies before they became bigger. The colonies were angry and disobeyed them.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    This act places taxes on things like coffee and wine. This also made it so foreign rum was no longer allowed in the colonies and the tax on molasses went down to try to reduce smuggling. The colonists protested harshly against this. This is where "No Taxation Without Representation" began. They make people leave their houses to "do their job". Plus it was being ENFORCED now. Smuggling increases and Admiralty Courts get involved.
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    This act prohibited paper money from being used. The colonies had a short supply of money and since they cannot use paper currency, they had even less than before. This negatively affected their economy. The colonists also protested this act. Adams had a speech.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act required newspapers, pamphlets, and other things to be taxed. This caused the colonists to boycott exported goods causing London merchants to lose a lot of money. The merchants also wanted the Stamp Act removed.
  • Quartering Act of 1765

    Quartering Act of 1765
    This act was to let British soldiers stay in the colonists' barracks. They had to pay for the barracks and pay for food for the troops. The colonists thought this was unfair since they couldn't deny it and because their privacy is being violated.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    This act means that Parliament can make whatever laws for America. I don't think this got a big reaction out of the colonies because this happened the same day that the Stamp Act was repealed. They were probably celebrating. Restating their dominance basically
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    This act put a tax on tea, paper, lead, and glass. These were things that Britain exported to America. The response to this was to boycott British goods and use substitutes and homemade items instead. The Boston Massacre occurred and Parliament dropped the taxes on all of those things except for tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This was a fight against the British soldiers and citizens of the colonies. Permission to shoot was given and 3-5 American citizens were killed. This proved to the Americans how heartless Great Britain is. Paul Revere drew pictures of the Boston Massacre to create the idea that Britain is literally evil. This is propaganda. Regiments were there to protect officials. Soldiers were moonlighting (getting a 2nd job). The colonists are now competing with the soldiers for jobs. Unemployment begins
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The British government got a monopoly on all the tea exported to America. This made colonists angry and desperately wanted independence. Samuel Adams and other men (Sons of Liberty) went onto 3 British boats and emptied tea out into the harbor. British thought of them as terrorists. Sons of Liberty dressed themselves up as Native Americans.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    This act closed Boston's port and didn't allow town meetings to take place without permission from the governor. This went as a punishment for the Boston Tea Party. I don't think the colonists protested or rioted. British called them the Coercive Acts.
    -Militia(minute men of Massachusetts) -needs weapons and ammunition
  • Quartering Act of 1774

    Quartering Act of 1774
    This act allowed British soldiers to be able to stay in colonists'/Americans' houses if needed. The colonists didn't like it at all, but there were no major outbursts.
  • Quebec Act

    Quebec Act
    This act gave Catholic Churches status and expanded Quebec to the Ohio River. It also supplied to trials that did not have a jury. The colonists thought of the Quebec Act as part of the Intolerable Acts.
    Religious wars- Catholics and protestants were killing each other; they hated each other; a lot of people were anti-Catholics
    This upset colonists a lot because most of them were protestants.