What sparked the committees of correspondence was Thomas Hutchinson, the governor of Massachusetts, wanting to create a faction of pro-British loyalists.
I want to rally support for the British taxation policies! I love England!
Due to this, Samuel Adams organized the first committee in Boston 1772, and by 1774, every colonial assembly had created one. The purpose of the committees was to rally opposition to the British policies, to educate the people of their constitutional rights, and to encourage more political participation among the colonies.
We need to encourage people to get involved in our politics! This is our future!
Lets tell everyone how the British are a threat to their rights! We need committees of correspondence all throughout the colonies!
The Townshend Duties 1767
The Townshend acts were implemented in 1767 in order to help Britain get out of debt. Imposed by Charles Townshend, these series of taxes included taxing on all imports of glass, lead, paint, and tea in the North American colonies.
We'll just tax the Americans on their goods!
How will we get out of debt?!
These acts led the colonies to protest because they believed that the British Parliament should not be allowed to tax them, since they do not have representation in the legislative body.