Townshend Acts (1767)

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The Townshend Acts imposed duties upon American imports of glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea and authorized writs of assistance as one means of enforcing payment. Although "external" in form, the duties were not levied to regulate trade but to raise revenue to help pay for maintaining British soldiers and officials in America. The colonists protested that the levies constituted taxation without representation. The Townshend Act duties (except that on tea) were repealed in 1770.

Dennis J. Mahoney