Boston Non-Importation Agreement


On August 1, 1768, some sixty merchants signed the Boston Non-Importation Agreement in opposition to Parliament’s ongoing attempts to levy taxes on the American colonies. In a town meeting in Boston, merchants and traders agreed to boycott goods that were subject to England's Townshend Revenue Act until the duties (taxes) imposed on those goods were repealed. Some critical supplies, such as salt, hemp, and duck, were exempt from the boycott. Within two weeks, all but sixteen of Boston's shopkeepers, traders, and merchants had joined the effort. Tradesmen and craftsmen soon...

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