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The ultimate response of the British government to these protests was to repeal the Townshend Acts. They revoked all of the taxes imposed by these acts except for the tax on tea.
When the Townshend taxes were imposed, there was a great deal of protest in the colonies. The British reacted to this with some degree of force. They sent troops to Boston, which eventually led to the Boston Massacre. However, the force did not work and did not last. The colonists’ non-importation efforts started to hurt British merchants. These merchants put enough pressure on the government that they eventually repealed almost all of the taxes.
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