Intolerable Acts Significance

What is the Coercive Acts and its significance?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, were designed to punish the colonists, especially those in Massachusetts, for the Boston Tea Party.

The Intolerable Acts did several things. First, it closed the port of Boston until the colonists paid for the tea that was destroyed. This port was important to the colonists of Massachusetts since many products that were manufactured and traded passed through this port. It also gave the governor of Massachusetts more power. Town meetings were also suspended. The Intolerable Acts also made it possible for British troops to be housed in private homes. This was something that was resented by the colonists, who strongly disliked the presence of British troops in Massachusetts. Finally, British officials accused of crimes in the colonies could have their trials in England instead of in the colonies.

The Intolerable Acts alarmed the colonists. While these laws were mainly aimed at Massachusetts, the colonists realized that similar laws could be implemented anywhere throughout the colonies at any time.

coachd1977 | Student

The Coercive Acts were known as the Intolerable Acts in America and were passed by England after the Boston Tea Party. The acts included the Boston Port Act, Quarting Act, Administration of Justice Act, and the Massachusetts Government Act.

Because of these acts Massachusetts began to receive sympathy and respect from the other colonies. Also moderates in America began to slide toward more radical views and actions. Probably the most important significance though is that these acts would lead to the summoning of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia in September of 1774.

krcavnar | Student

As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the British government passed Acts which included the Port Act which closed Boston Harbor until the tea which had been dumped in the harbor was paid for and the Quartering Act which required that British troops be housed in homes and unoccupied buildings.  The Coercive or Intolerable Acts were deemed to be so punitive in nature that the Acts violated the colonists’ natural rights.  The British hoped this would isolate Massachusetts, but actually resulted in sympathy from the other colonies.  It was as a result of these Acts that the Continental Congress convened.

Yojana_Thapa | Student

The Coercive acts of 1774 was the British response to the Boston Tea Party. They are also known as the "Intolerable Acts". Parliament closed the ports and reduced the power of self-government in the Massachusetts colony. These acts also provided for the quartering of troops on the colonists' barns and empty houses.

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