Quartering Acts

Quartering Acts
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  • We must find a way to take care of our troops without spending money.
  • Hmm, I have an idea. Why don't we make the colonists do it for us? After all, they are the same soldiers that just won a war for them.
  • The Quartering Act states that all/any colonist(s) are required to house, feed, clothe, and/or arm any British soldier(s) that appear(s) at their door at any time. There are no exceptions. This law goes into order immediately. 
  • Hello, Ma'am. I now live with you!
  • The French and Indian War left Britain in great debt and thousands of soldiers displaced in America. It was too expensive to bring them back to England. But, keeping them in America also meant that Britain had to find a way to pay for their food, clothing, ammunition. Not to mention they all needed a place to sleep.
  • Parliament passed the Quartering Act in 1765. Putting their troops' wellbeing in the colonists' hands saved britain a great deal of money and time.
  • King-worshipping fool!
  • Rebel scum!
  • Basically, a British soldier could just knock on any colonist's door and demand to practically live there. The colonists could not say no.  
  • This greatly angered colonists, as they felt the Quartering Act was an invasion on their privacy.
  • Tensions began to rise in the Colonies, as neighbor turned on neighbor. To make matters worse in Boston, British troops occupied the city. 
  • And one day, it was just two much. On March 5, 1770, at King's Street in Boston, a fight broke out between a group of Redcoats and civilians who'd lost their jobs.
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