What was an act mentioned in the Declaration of Independence?

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There are many acts of the British government that are alluded to in the Declaration of Independence, but none is actually referred to by name.

One of the acts that is alluded to in the Declaration is the set of laws known to colonists as the "Intolerable Acts."  These acts were passed in 1774 in retaliation for the Boston Tea Party which was carried out in the previous year.  The Intolerable Acts did such things as

  • Closing the port of Boston.
  • Allowing government officials accused of crimes to be taken away from Boston to be tried elsewhere.
  • Reducing the Massachusetts colony's right to self government.
  • Allowing troops to be quartered in private homes.
  • Giving more land to Quebec (then another British colony) and then seeming to reduce the right to self-government in those areas as well.

All of these provisions of the "Intolerable Acts" are mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

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