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  • From 1765 to 1773, the British Parliament passed several new laws and taxes impacting the American colonies.
  • Colonists vehemently protested the new laws and taxes. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was one of the most forceful of these protests.
  • In 1774, Parliament passed a series laws in retaliation for colonial protests. Called the Coercive Acts in Britain, they were known in America as the Intolerable Acts.
  • The Intolerable Acts sought to punish the American colonists for acts of protest and to impose greater control over the colonies.
  • The Intolerable Acts include the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Administration of Justice, and the Quartering Act of 1774. The Quebec Act is also associated with the Intolerable Acts.
  • Following passage of the Intolerable Acts, colonists formed the First Continental Congress in late 1774. This was a crucial step on the road to the American Revolution.


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