American studies

American studies

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  • The Tea act gave British east India tea company the exclusive right to sell tea in the colonies and it was intended to help the struggling company. The colonists eventually protest with the Boston tea party in which they threw 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston harbor
  • The British imposed a new law that made it illegal for colonists to settle on the other side of the appalachian mountains. Although some people did listen, a fair amount of them did not and continued their journey westward.
  • The British enforced the stamp act which made it mandatory for each piece of paper to have a stamp purchased for it which was basically another very large tax on the colonies, this was the first tax in the colonies which affected a large range of people and therefore caused a larger amount of outrage.
  • The Boston Massacre occurred when a group of residents in Boston MA and a fight broke out when all of the sudden the British opened fire and killed five colonists.
  • The sugar act was the first tax on the colonies that was enforced by Britain, it affected few but was the start of everything to follow. It placed a tax on sugar which was a non-British import.
  • Parliament passed the Townshend acts which were nicknamed the intolerable acts because they did things such as close the Boston harbor, closed civilian courts and sent more troops to the new world, therefore placing it under firm British control.
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