British empire not a confederacy of equals idea of virtual representation

British empire not a confederacy of equals idea of

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British empire not a confederacy of equals, idea of virtual representation Largely ignored by colonists because of success against colonial resistance Townshend Act 1767 The 1767 Townshend Act imposed taxes on imported goods Also allowed the British to inspect incoming ships for illegal or smuggled goods By 1768 colonies were again boycotting british goods. British troops were sent to help enforce the laws, colonists held public protest that some began to become more violent Homespun Movement As a result, colonists began to make things on their own Use of American goods as a symbol of American resistance Urban artisans strongly supported the boycott Textile weaving groups formed by women in Colonial America More than 1600 women participated Boston Massacre-1770 Turning point March 1770 conflict between bostonians and British troops left five Bostonians, including a mixed-race sailor named Crispus attucks(a formal slave), dead Colonists were angry with British soldiers Not clear The boycott ended after the repeal of townshend acts Paul Revere’s picture of this event stirs colonists anger against Britian. Taxes lowered and some soldiers removed- things calmed down Tea Act- 1773 The East India Company was in a financial crisis, and the British government decided to market the company’s Chinese tea in North America The tea act was intended to aid the East India Company and to help defray the costs of colonial government Enraged colonial merchants because it undercut their business Boston Tea Party- 1773 Colonists refused to unload the British tea from ships in the harbor, British say they must That evening, a group of 30-130 men, some dressed in the mohawk warrior disguises, boarded the three vessels and, over the course of three hours, dumped 342 crates of tea in the ocean Coercive Acts (Intolerable acts) In response to the Tea Party (and other colonial protest movements) Britain passed a series of laws: Makes colonists pay for tea that was lost Martial law- strengthened quartering act
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Boston Port Bill: Effective June 1, 1774 This bill closed the port of Boston until all money was paid back Administration of Justice Act: May 20, 1774 This bill stated that British Officials could not be tried in provincial courts for capital crimes. Diplomatic immunity Massachusetts Government Act- May 20, 1774
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