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Townshend  The British parliament repealed the Townshend duties on all but tea. Pressure from British merchants was partially responsible for the change. The British government, led by Prime Minister Lord North, maintained the taxes on tea, in order to underscore the supremacy of parliament. The colonial boycott of British goods hurt British merchants in London and beyond. They began petitioning the government to overturn the Townshend Custom Duties. On March 5, 1770 debates began in the English parliament on whether or not to overturn the taxes. The government was willing to remove the taxes on everything but tea. Tea, they argued, was not grown in the England and thus the tariff would not hurt British mer
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