Intolerable Acts

(1774)

As a direct response to the Boston Tea Party, the British ministry during the early months of 1774 brought before Parliament a string of bills that became known in the American colonies as the Intolerable Acts, or the Coercive Acts. Within a year, the British government's attempt to enforce the Intolerable Acts had developed into the conflict that became the Revolutionary War.

The Intolerable Acts closed the port of Boston, altered the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to centralize British authority, allowed for British officials accused of crimes to be tried in another...

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The Boston Tea Party, which led directly to four of the five Intolerable Acts (Library of Congress)

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