The British government left thousands of soldiers in the colonies to protect the colonists after the French and Indian War. The British were afraid that the Native Americans or Spanish settlers in Florida might attack the colonies. Britain thought that the colonists should help to pay for this army. as a result, in 1765, a new law called the Quartering act was past by the British Parliament. It helped supply the soldiers with food, fuel, and candles.
The Boston Tea Party
After the French and Indian War, Britain needed money to pay its debts. Britain also needed to pay for the soldiers who remained in America. British leaders thought that the colonists should help pay for the troops that were protecting them. So, in 1765, Parliament passed a new tax law called the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act said that the colonists would have to pay a tax on printed papers. To prove the tax was paid, almost every piece of paper had a big blue stamp. The colonists went furious. They showed there anger in many ways
The Intolerable Acts
In 1770, the colonists were still angry that British soldiers were living in their towns and cities. They thought the soldiers were rowdy and rude. Sometime before nine o'clock, a crowd gathered. people in the crowd called the soldiers names. Some of them threw stones and snowballs. Captain Thomas Preston and 7 other soldiers loaded their muskets. Captain Preston told his soldiers not to fire their guns. But one soldier thought he heard the command Fire! and so shot his gun.
After the Boston Massacre, the British government repealed all of the unpopular taxes on the colonists, except the tax on tea, but many of them refuse to buy it from Britain. The British East India Company, was losing a great deal of money. On December 16, 1773, a group of en dressed as Native American's and climbed aboard the Boston Harbor. They opened hundreds of boxes of tea and dumped 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor.
After the Boston Tea Party, Parliament decided to punish the colonists by passing several new laws. These laws were so harsh that many colonists said they can not tolerate them. They called the laws the Intolerable Acts. One law the Boston Port Act, closed the Boston Harbor. Trade ships were forbidden to enter or leave until the lost tea was found. Many workers lost their jobs.