Intolerable Acts
By: Ryann
Who
King George III created the Coercive Acts as a way to punish the colonists for their rebellious behaivor. Most of the defiance came from Boston. The constant protests from the colonists enraged the British, and led the King to enforce new laws that we know as the Intolerable Acts.
What/How/Why
The colonists dumped 342 chests of tea into the Harbor as a sign of rebellion. Since the Boston Harbor was closed, food and other supplies that normally came by ship could not arrive. Most of the defiance came from Boston. These constant protests enraged the British, and led the British to enforce new laws that we know as the Intolerable Acts. These laws were originally known as the Coercive Acts, but because of how terrible they were to the colonists, they became known as the Intolerable Acts. These laws were given by the British to the Americans as a way to make the colonists follow British command. The laws took away certain rights. Most town meetings were banned. The British passed four laws to punish the colonists. The first one, called the Boston Port Act, closed the Boston Harbor until the Americans were able to work to pay off all the tea that they lost. The second law, called the Massachusetts Government Act, put Massachusetts under military rule. The third law, called the Administration of Justice Act  protected the British officials against any crimes they were accused of in the colonies. Finally, the fourth law, called the Quartering Act stated that British soldiers could be placed in the homes of the colonists. This backfired on the British, and the colonists decided to take stand against the British authority. The laws urged the American colonists to go to war with Great Britain.  Representatives from the 13 colonies gathered in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774 to discuss the laws. This group became the Continental Congress. This led to the Declaration of Independence being signed 1776.
When
These strict laws came from the British Parliament in 1774. They lasted until 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed after the colonists won their war against Britain.
Where
The rebellious acts from the colonists happened throughout the colonies, but mainly in Boston. The Bristish officials tried to control the colonists in Boston, but even after the laws were created, the rebels only got worse. The colonists went to war with Britain.
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