The Townshend Acts were a series of measures, passed by the British Parliament in 1767, that taxed goods imported to the American colonies. Early attempts, such as the Stamp Act of 1765 which taxed colonists for every piece of paper they used
Tensions began to grow, and in Boston in February 1770 a patriot mob attacked a British loyalist, who fired a gun at them, killing a boy. In the ensuing days brawls between colonists and British soldiers eventually culminated in the Boston Massacre.
The Boston Tea Party gave the colonists the motivation to stand up for their rights and to ultimately risk their lives by going to war for their independence. The Boston Tea Party is also important for its inspiration, not only to Americans but to other rebels against injustice around the world.
The Intolerable Acts were punitive laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party. The laws were meant to punish the Massachusetts colonists for their defiance in the Tea Party protest in reaction to changes in taxation by the British Government.
Delegates from twelve of Britain's thirteen American colonies met to discuss America's future under growing British aggression.
The American militia were armed with muskets, blunderbusses and any weapons they could find. Winner of the Battle of Lexington and Concord: