Parliament Acts (1763-1774)

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 Act restricted the British colonies on the Atlantic Coast from interacting with the land belonging to the American Indian due west of the Appalachian Mountains. The reason it was called Proclamation of 1763 is because the margins was referred to as the Proclamation Line. The colonies response to this Proclamation is that they started a rebellion because they felt as if the British were keeping them contained and unable to settle on new lands.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was created to try halt the smuggling of raw material from the Dutch and French West Indies for New England. A method of use would be to levy taxes on luxury items such as coffee, wines, silks, etc. In response to this, the colonies boycotted and protested because they did not like it merely because it would affect their businesses
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    The Currency Act created to hinder the colonies from creating their own paper currency. Currency was low, so this was extremely bad on the colonies' part economically. This became a burden on the colonies, so they protested to have this act repealed.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act caused the colonies to pay taxes for any documents, newspapers, papers, licenses, etc. Pretty much the taxes the colonies pay would help purchase items for their "protection". The reaction of the colonists was rebellious. They protested, and even had sorts of physically harassment.
  • Quartering Act 1765

    Quartering Act 1765
    The Quartering Act was created to allow troops into the colonists' homes legally. They were required to allow the troops with a place to stay and have good hospitality while the troops were stationed there. The colonist's reaction to the Quartering Act was negative. They were against it because they had to provide troops with resources. Lastly, they found it unfair because they were being taxed for the barracks anyway.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    The Declaratory Act ensured that Parliament had the sole power and authority to bind the colonies no matter what. The colonies' reaction to the declaratory was anger. They had no power to change a thing and this only gave Parliament more power.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    The Townshend Act was an Act that involved taxing goods brought from the American Colonists. Duties were enacted for glass, paper, lead, and most importantly tea. Taxes on imported goods were legal, but internal taxes were not. This Act involves raising revenue which would help with the British military/security. The colonist's reaction to this act was nonimportation agreement. This means instead of having tea, they would seek a substitute, causing economic issues. This was all propaganda.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a massacre full of violence between the British Soldiers and the citizens. Because of this, Parliament repealed the Townshend duties except the tax on tea. Moonlighting was common. Colonists were competing in jobs with British soldiers, so there was a lot of unemployment.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party succeeded the Boston Massacre. 342 chests of tea were thrown overboard at the Boston Harbor. This was the colonist's reaction to the tax on tea. This act showed the Parliament that they truly have no control over them no matter how much power they have.
  • Intolerable Acts (Coercive Acts)

    Intolerable Acts (Coercive Acts)
    The Intolerable Acts was created as a punishment towards the colonies. Within this act, there were 4 laws. Of course, the colonies had a problem with this because they felt as if it infringed upon their rights. The colonies united as a result of this to help the Massachusetts Bay. First Continental Congress was organized.
  • Quartering Act 1774

    Quartering Act 1774
    This act was similar to the Quartering Act of 1765. However, instead of certain colonies being subject to the Act, all of the colonies were subject, and they had to provide homes to the British soldiers. The colonies hated this act for all the same reasons as the first Quartering Act.
  • Quebec Act

    Quebec Act
    This act was important because Catholics had more rights, French civil law was contained, there was religious freedom amongst the Catholics, the loyalty oath was repealed. The colonies didn't like this because they preferred the laws under the British rule and the freedom too.