The Townshend Acts
The Townshend acts consisted of five acts passed by Parliament in 1767. The Townshend Acts put a series of taxes on all goods imported to the United States. These taxes were needed for ongoing need to raise the revenue. However, the more important thing than revenue was to show that Parliament had the right to impose taxes. Many people in New York especially refused to follow this law. The Townshend Acts not only angered colonists because they had no representation in Parliament, but also created a new group of custom commissioners in the colonies to enforce custom laws, gave greater jurisdiction to royal naval courts to try accused violators courts which were manned by the crown appointed judges without the use of trials by jury and the final outrage, shut down the New York Assembly until they agreed to agree with the Quartering Act of 1765.