Townshend Acts
By: Nick
Who Britain, America, Charles Townshend
What+How The Townshend acts were named after Charles Townshend who was the British chancellor of the Exchequer. The Townshend were used to unfairly tax some the most common items in the U.S. in order to pay for the French and Indian war. The Townshend acts consisted of different acts like the Quartering act and the Suspending acts.
Where American Colonies and Britain
When The Townshend acts were in effect from June 15- July 2, 1767
Why The Townshend acts were used to pay for war debt of French and Indian war. After the repeal of the stamp act they need a new way to gain money from the colonies. The stamp act taxed most paper related items, so this made it easy to smuggle these goods with out being taxed. When they were repealed and the Townshend acts came into effect. These taxes outraged the colonist so much they held protest and formed the Sons of Liberty, this lead to the Boston Massacre.

Britain announced that they were going to issue the Townshend Acts to earn pay from the Americans to accumulate money needed to pay the huge French and Indian war debt. These acts directly taxed tea, paint, paper, and glass. This was named after Charles Townshend who was the chancellor of treasury and enforced the laws to come into action. Britian used the money to build up their defenses. Set up Board of Customs Commissioners, this allowed British officer and soldiers search warrants and could enforce taxes.Britain tried to out smart colonies by making them pay on imported goods and on port of entry.


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