Intolerable Acts

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The Intolerable Acts, called the Coercive Acts by Parliament, were four acts enacted by the British Parliament in 1774, in response to the Gaspee Affair and the Boston Tea Party. The Acts included the Boston Port Act, which closed the entire port of Boston, the Quartering Act, which made the colonists feed and shelter British troops, the Massachusetts Government Act, which made Massachusetts a Royal Colony without elections (but instead a governor appointed by the King), and the Administration of Justice Act. The Quebec Act, passed during the same time as the other four acts, was also vehemently opposed by those living in the British colonies. As such, it is often times included as a fifth intolerable act by historians.[1]

The laws were so disagreeable that the colonists called them the "Intolerable" Acts. Along with the Navigation Acts and Stamp Act, they contributed to the colonists' dissatisfaction with the British, leading to the creation of the Continental Association as well as the American Revolution.