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Unformatted text preview: A political change in Britain brought Charles Townshend to power as the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Townshend seized upon a nuance of the colonists' earlier protests to put in place a system of taxation they could not fight. Earlier, during the Stamp Act controversy, the colonists had argued that Britain did not have the right to post "internal" taxes like the Stamp Act but that its power was limited to "external" taxes like import duties. Townshend quickly passed a series of import duties, reestablishing the dreaded writs and establishing the customs headquarters in Boston in an effort, largely, to spite the colonists. Bostonians reacted angrily to the new laws. They saw the new rules and new officials as even more ominous than the dreaded Sugar Act and Stamp Act. Adams hatched a plan to seize the new officials when they landed in Boston–marching them to...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08