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Unformatted text preview: Britain responded harshly to the Boston Tea Party and effectively closed the Port of Boston to outside trade and rigged the Massachusetts Council with royal appointees. However, contrary to earlier actions, Bostonians showed few signs of weakening in the face of harsh British treatment. Adams's long-time ploy of provoking the British to the point of punishing the colonies was paying off. Every punishment and tribulation now only underscored Adams's warnings of tyranny and oppression and helped to unite the colonies. Adams crafted the "Solemn League and Covenant," which suspended all colonial trade with Britain until the restrictions on the Boston port were lifted. The sweeping agreement went far beyond earlier nonimportation agreements, and the citizens of Massachusetts were sure that the British bankerswho had extended more than four million pounds' worth of loans to colonistswould not let the British government...
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