How did the British respond to the colonists during the Townshend Act?
The ultimate response of the British government to these protests was to repeal the Townshend Acts. They revoked all of the taxes imposed by these acts except for the tax on tea. When the Townshend taxes were imposed, there was a great deal of protest in the colonies.
The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed.
- The Stamp Act was passed on March 22, 1765, but the Stamp Act Congress (a group of people from nine colonies) came together to form a statement protesting the Stamp Act. This was the first action of protesting the Stamp Act. Finally, British Parliament stopped the Stamp Act in 1776.
- Although resented, the Sugar Act tax was hidden in the cost of import duties, and most colonists accepted it. The Stamp Act, however, was a direct tax on the colonists and led to an uproar in America over an issue that was to be a major cause of the Revolution: taxation without representation.
- The Declaratory Act was their response to the repeal of the Stamp Act. The Declaratory Act was passed by the British parliament to affirm its power to legislate for the colonies “in all cases whatsoever”. The reaction of the colonies to the repeal of the Stamp Act was to celebrate their victory.
Britain also needed money to pay for its war debts. The King and Parliament believed they had the right to tax the colonies. They protested, saying that these taxes violated their rights as British citizens. The colonists started to resist by boycotting, or not buying, British goods.
- In 1767, Parliament passed the Townshend Acts, which placed duties on such imported items as glass, tea, lead, paint, and paper. By 1769, after merchants in other cities had joined the boycott, imports of British goods had fallen by 40 percent. Women played an active role in the protests against the Townshend Acts.
- The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed.
- That said, the American colonists who decided to separate from Great Britain did so because they wanted to have more control over their own government and economy. Before the French and Indian War, the colonists had more or less been left alone to govern themselves. After that war, things changed.
Updated: 17th October 2019