What was the reaction to the event involving the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769? 

What was the reaction to the event involving the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769?

 

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The colonists were upset about various events in the 1760s. The Proclamation of 1763 upset the colonists because they were prohibited from moving to the lands we received from France as a result of the French and Indian War. They also didn’t like having to provide housing for the British troops that were enforcing this unpopular law. However, the colonists were most upset with the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 and the Townshend Acts in 1767. Both of these laws created taxes requiring the colonists to pay taxes on various products. The colonists were upset about these tax laws because they felt these laws violated their rights as British citizens. Since the colonists had no representatives in Parliament who could speak about or vote on these laws, the colonists felt these laws were illegal.

In 1769, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed resolutions that basically said that only the Virginia legislature could pass tax laws for the people of Virginia. The Virginia House of Burgesses wrote a letter of formal protest to the King of England. In response to these actions, the Royal Governor of Virginia dissolved the Virginia House of Burgesses. In response, the former representatives of the Virginia House of Burgesses called for a boycott of all British products. Other colonies supported this boycott.

Thus, the events of 1769 had some very interesting actions and reactions.