Growing Tensions Between the Colonists and Britain
By: Maeve Prosser
The Quartering Act
Take care of us!
The Stamp Act
We still need more money for our debts!
Let's make the colonists pay for them.
The French and Indian war costed Britain a lot of money. The colonists became angry at some of Britain's decisions to pay off their debts. Britain thought that the colonists should help pay for the troops that were protecting them, but the was used to pay off Britain's debts and to pay the troops so colonists had to pay for more then just the troops. This was called the Stamp Act. Colonists had to pay for everything and became angry that they did.
The Boston Massacre
The Quartering Act ordered colonists to basically take care of the troops that guarded them. It ordered colonist to provide food, fuel, candles and transportation to the troops. The colonists did not agree with nor did the like the fact that these soldiers were invading their space. Due to the fact that colonists did not like the soldiers they did not treat them very well. The colonists had to give up their light to these complete ''strangers''.
The Boston Tea Party
When they find us I will yell at them or run away
Britain still needed more money for its debts and to pay the soldiers that still remained in America. So they founded the stamp act which said the colonists had to help pay for the soldiers that were protecting them. The colonists also had to pay for everything that they did even things that they couldn't live without. They were also told that they had to pay a tax on printed papers. This created more tension so the British leaders repealed it.
The Intolerable Acts
I don't care all my job is, is to yell at you people I don't make the decisions.
But were goning to starve if we loose our jobs!
In 1770, the colonists were still angry that British soldiers were living in their towns and cities. Also, they were upset when the soldiers took jobs from them by working for low pay in their spare time. The soldiers weren't happy either. They were far from their homes. Not getting along with the colonists only made their job harder. As more and more time passed that the soldiers were still the situation between soldiers and colonists only got worse.
After the Boston Massacre, the British government repealed all of the unpopular taxes on the colonists, except the one on tea. Due to British charging for tea the colonists started to not buy their tea from Britain anymore. As a result the British tea company lost a lot of money. To save the tea company Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773. The act said that British East India Company was the only tea company allowed to sell tea to the colonists.
After the Boston Tea Party the Parliament decided to punish the colonists by passing multiple new laws. These laws were so harsh that many colonists said they could not deal with them. They called the laws Intolerable Acts. One of the laws said that the Boston harbor was closed and trade ships were not allowed to enter or leave the Boston harbor until it was paid for. A lot of workers lost their jobs. A lot of colonists were afraid that they would starve.