Also referred to as the Coercive Acts, the Intolerable Acts of 1774, enacted under King George III, were crucial in the process of America gaining independence from Britain. The four acts represented a punitive response from the British to the events of the Boston Tea Party. Colonists destroyed cargos of tea in response to the taxation without representation imposed on them. There was common resistance to the arrival of the tea and payment of the threepence duty imposed by the British; however, resistance developed into action in ...

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