The Townshend Act
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Main Overview
    1767- the English parliament cut the British land tax, and, to balance the budget, Charles Townshend promised that he would tax the Americans to make up the difference. He taxed things like paper, lead, glass, and tea shipped from England. The money that was collected was used to pay the salaries of British colonial officials. When the people that did not like the Townshend Revenue Act, they decided to make nonimportant agreements, this really hurt the British merchants that were making the things that would be shipped overseas to the Americas. In the end, very little money was collected because of the nonimportant agreements. In 1770, Parliament was headed by someone else (Lord North), Lord North repealed all the Townshend Revenue Acts taking the tax off of everything that said would be taxed during the Townshend Acts…all of the items except for tea. The tax on tea was kept in order to maintain the principle of the right of parliament to tax the colonies.

Side Notes
*The Townshend Acts started in June of 1767.
*The money from the taxes was used to pay the British colonial officials salaries.
*By doing this, it made them more independent of the colonial legislatures and they were more able to enforce the British orders and laws.
*This made the colonists angry
*They were being taxed on:
·    Glass
·    Lead
·    Paints
·    Paper
·    Tea
*March 1770- the Townshend Acts were repealed except for the tax on tea.

"Townshend Acts Imposed on the Colonies 1767" History Central 2000 1pag. On-line. Internet. 31 January 2005. Available WWW:

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