Social Studies Intolerable Acts

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  • Title Box
  • Why don't we get a say?
  • This is not fair!
  • You have to pay taxes.
  • You can't do this to us!
  • The Quartering Act
  • I order you to house and feed this soldier!
  • Yes, Your Majesty.
  • Newspapers, get your newspapers! Remember to pay your tax as the king instructed you to.
  • The Stamp Act
  • This is an outrage! We're not going to buy any more newspapers. 
  • The French and Indian War caused Britain to have huge debts. They decided to make the colonists pay new taxes to pay off the debts from the war. That made the colonists angry because they had no say in the government. That was called taxation without representation. Many colonists protested against British rule.
  • The Boston Massacre
  • This is so unfair. You can't make us house the soldiers. It is awful.
  • After the French and Indian War, the British were afraid that the Native Americans or Spanish settlers in Florida might attack the colonies. The British thought that the colonists should help pay for the army in the form of housing the soldiers. The Quartering Act obligated the colonists to provide "quarters", or more specifically,  a home, food, fuel, candles, and transportation for the soldiers. The colonists were angry and some treated the soldiers badly.
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Let's dump this British tea in the water.
  • British leaders thought that the colonists should help pay for the troops who were protecting them, so they passed a new tax law called the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act stated that the colonists would have to pay a tax on printed papers. To prove that the tax was paid, almost every piece of printed paper would have to have a large blue stamp. Some of the things that were taxed were newspapers, pamphlets, marriage licenses, and playing cards. Many colonists protested, stopped buying British goods, and instead of buying British clothing, they would weave their own clothing.
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • From now on, trade ships are forbidden to enter or leave the harbor until the lost tea is paid for.
  • The colonists were still upset that the soldiers were living in their homes, and the colonists and soldiers were rude to one another. One night, it was very cold, and there was a throng of colonists throwing rocks and snowballs at a soldier. Captain Preston and seven other soldiers hurried to the solders side. The crowd insulted the soldiers, and threw snowballs at them. Captain Preston said to not fire, but on soldier thought he commanded them to fire. The soldier shot his gun and the crowd moved towards them. The soldiers panicked and fired. There were five who were dead and six who were wounded.
  • Did he say fire?
  • We cannot fire, do not fire.
  • After the Boston Massacre, the British government took away all of the unpopular taxes except taxes on tea, so many colonists stopped buying tea from Britain, so the British East India Company, the biggest British tea company, was losing money. Then, Parliament passed the tea act. The Tea Act said that the British East India Company was the only company that could sell tea to the colonists. The Tea Act also lowered the price of the tea, but the colonists were still angry, so they protested against the Tea Act. One day, a group of men dressed up as Native Americans dumped 90,000 pounds of loose tea in the Boston Harbor. 
  • To punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts. They were called the Intolerable Acts because the colonists could not tolerate them. One of these acts was the Boston Port Act. the Boston Port Act said that ships are forbidden to enter or leave the harbor until the lost tea was paid for. Leaders from 12 colonies gathered in Philadelphia to discuss problems with Britain. The leaders agreed to fight the Boston Port Act and other Intolerable Acts.
  • This is intolerable!
  • This is an outrage!
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