BOSTON MASSACRE & BOSTON TEA PARTY By: Edward Van
THE NAVIGATION LAWS England imposed laws that restricted the colonists from initiating trades with other countries but England. Although the laws were passed, England did not strongly enforced these trading laws which created an easy bypass for the colonists. (SMUGGLING) In 1763, the British Navy began to enforce these laws, upsetting many colonists that earned a living through smuggling.
THE STAMP ACT OF 1765 This new tax requires the colonists to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Some of the items taxed were playing cards, marriage license, etc… Created outraged among the colonists not because of the immediate cost. Colonists viewed this act as a direct attempt to raise money in the colonies without their approval of the colonial legislatures.
TOWNSEND ACTS 1767 • New taxes on imports of paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea • Set up new courts in America to prosecute smugglers • Gave British officials permission to search colonist’ homes and business. A new set of laws passed by the British government on the American colonies that took away some freedoms from the colonists.