The Townshend Acts

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  • The Townshend Acts imposed duties on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea imported into the colonies.
  • The Townshend Acts imposed duties on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea imported into the colonies.
  • Britain hoped the acts would deduce expenses in the colonies, but the Americans viewed the taxes as an abuse of power, resulting in the agreements to limit imports from Britain.
  • In 1770, Parliament discarded all the taxes except the tax on tea, leading to a truce between the two sides in the years before the American Revolution.
  • Benjamin Franklin and other Americans in Britain argued against Parliaments power to impose the Stamp Act that it was a direct tax.
  • Many influential Americans believed that Paraliament was wrong to put any taxes on the colonists, believing taxes are an abuse of Britain's constitutional realistic ship with the colonies.
  • British leaders convinced themselves that the colonists would accept indirect taxes such as important duties.
  • Samuel Adams spoke for the Massachusetts legislature and Governor Francis Bernard dissolved the legislature when he issued a Circular Letter describing the measures it had taken against the Acts.
  • The Circular Letter led to a sequence of Non-Importation Agreements, which decreased colonial imports from Britain in 1768-1769 by half.
  • The removal of the taxes led to a truce, which didn't last long until the burning of the patrol boat, Gaspee in 1772 .
  • Parliament removed all the Townshend duties except the tax on tea in April of 1770. The tea tax maintained to claim it's right to tax the colonists.
  • The years before the Revolution, the refusal to accept the tea tax became a symbol of patriotism to America.
  • The years before the Revolution, the refusal to accept the tea tax became a symbol of patriotism to America.
  • And that is how the Townshend Acts affected the Revolution.
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