Townshend Acts


Massachusetts Circular Letter


That December, only one month after the Townshend Acts were passed, Samuel Adams issued a letter, called the Massachusetts Circular Letter, to the colonies

1st of the Townshend Acts


The English Parliament and Charles Townshend, the chancellor of exchequer pass the Townshend Act. The Townshend Acts placed a tax on all imported glass, paint oil, lead, tea, and paper.


January 1768

Boycotts between Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, 24 towns agreed to boycott the British goods.

Merchants agree to boycotts.

March 1768

Merchants in New England agreed not to import British goods except for necessities such as fish hooks, wire, and lead.

British Parliament approves the use of force.

December 1768

British Parliament, approves that soldiers could use force. In addition, any ringleaders could be put on trial.

Boston Massacre

March 5th 1770

Violence in the streets of Boston lead to the what is known as the Boston Massacre, which resulted in the death of 5 people.

The Townshend Acts are repealed.

April 1770

The Townshend Acts are repealed by the Parliament other than the tax on tea. Keeping the tea tax was a way of compromise between the colonists, and the British Parliament.