The Boston Tea Party

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How did the British punish Massachusetts after the Boston Tea Party?

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While only one colonist (Francis Akeley) was arrested for the Boston Tea Party (the rest fled Boston in hiding), the actions angered and shocked people back in England.  In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed a number of laws designed to keep stricter order in the colonies.  These acts were known as the Intolerable Acts. The Intolerable Acts actually made the colonists angrier. The Boston Port Bill closed the Boston Harbor until compensation was made for the lost tea.  This obviously hurt commerce and trade and cost the colonists a great deal of profit.  Other legislation included limiting the power of colonial government, allowing colonists to be tried for crimes in Britain, and limiting westward expansion by colonists.  One part of the Intolerable Acts that really angered the colonists was the Quartering Act. This legislation allowed the royal governor to house British soldiers in the homes or shops of the colonists. 

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