Across the colonies

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Across the colonies, the Townshend Acts and the Boston Massacre had similar effects.  During the Stamp Act crisis, New York merchants had learned perhaps one of the most  effective ways to pressure the British government: they canceled outstanding orders  with British merchants and refused to purchase additional goods until the act was  repealed. When Adams remembered the New York ploy after the passage of the  Townshend Acts, he began to advocate for a similar boycott. At the town meeting, he got  Boston to agree to refuse importation of a long list of British goods, and, even though  the Townshend Acts did not directly menace the town's merchants, he eventually was  able to circulate a petition successfully (He achieved this partly through vague threats  about his trained mob and how they didn't like people who disagreed with them). In  March 1768, they passed a nonimportation agreement against Britain. Other colonies 
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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.

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