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In 1767 Charles Townshend also know as "Champagne Charile" passed the Townshend Act shortly after the repeal of the Stamp Act. They were designed to collect revenue from the colonist in America by putting tax on imports of glass, paints, paper, lead, and tea. During this act the colonist did the same thing they did to the Stamp Act and Sugar Act. They protested and boycotted against these taxes and repealed everything except the tea. The reason that they started taxing all these other goods was because they had noticed that these items were being bought. Many people were making houses and since they needed things like glass, paint, and lead they decided to put a tax on that to get more money.


bullet_17_animated.gif 1766 - In August, violence breaks out in New York between the British soilders and armed colonist, including the Sons of Liberty members. The violence erupts because of the refusal of New York colonist to comply with the Quartering Act. In December, the New York legislature is suspended by the English Crown after once again voting to refuse to comply with the act. bullet_17_animated.gif 1767 - In June, The Townshend Act is passed, imposing a new series of taxes on the colonist to offset the costs of administering and protecting the American colonies. Items taxed included paper, tea, glass, lead, and paint. The Act also establishes a colonial board of customs commissioners in Boston. In October, Bostonians decide to reinstate a boycott of English luxury items.bullet_17_animated.gif1768 - In February, Samuel Adams writes a Circular Letter opposing taxation without representation and calling for the colonist to unite in their actions against the British government. The letter is sent to assemblies throughout the colonies and also instructs on the methods the Massachusetts general court is using to oppose the Townshend Act.images.jpg

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