The Boston Massacre and The Navigation Acts

The Boston Massacre and The Navigation Acts

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  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • After the protesting of the Townshend acts, the British sent to America naval and military officials to enforce the acts in October 1768. Over the years there were scuffles and harassment between the British soldiers and the townspeople.
  • On March 5th, a scuffle between the British and the townspeople turned violent. As the townspeople harassed the British, the British decided to open fire into the crowd, killing 5 Bostonian and wounding a few others.
  • The Navigation Acts 1651
  • Due to the English Civil War in 1642, the trade relationship between the colonies and the British was disrupted, and in order to maintain a flow of goods coming into North America the colonists needed to find others to trade with. So, they turned to the Dutch and the French. 
  • On my way to trade with the French and the Dutch! Can't wait!
  • In 1651 after the war, the British wanted to take control of the colonists trading, so they implemented the Navigation Acts. These acts stated that only British ships could bring goods to America, and America could only send ships to England, restricting them from trading with other European countries.  
  • Haha actually you cant trade with them anymore! Only England! Sorry bout it :)
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