How Colonists Reacted To The Boston Port Act?

So, you want to know how did the American colonists react to the cruel Boston port act of 1774.


  • They defined it as one of the five Intolerable Acts.
  • In response, they imposed economic sanctions over British goods import to the colonies.

In a simple sentence, they considered this law as the face of vengeance from the British parliament and king Geroge III over the incident of the Boston Tea Party.

Even they included it among one of those five Intolerable Acts of 1774.

how did colonists react to the Boston port act

Colonists objected that the British government was trying to abrogate their rights as English citizens. They considered the law unconstitutional.

Because not all the people from Boston were involved in that Tea Party; so imposing the Port Act over all of them was really unfair. 

From the next year 1775, along with other causes, this act provoked colonists to the Revolutionary War of America’s independence.


What Actually The Boston Port Act Tried To Do?

In the year 1774 on March 25th, for punishing colonists for their rebellious activity British authority decided to close the Boston Port through the new law.

British authority demanded the city residence worth 1 million dollars for their loss.

Authority insisted that until the people of Boston were to compensate the government for their losses, they would not let open the port.

Parliament believed that the act’s imposition would make them oblige to leave the way of rebellion.

But did it happen?

No, contrary the wind started flowing against their expectation.


What Was The Result And Response To The Act?

Along with this one, the other Coercive Acts became a nightmare to the people of the 13 colonies.

Those started threatening their life and security.

Therefore, as a response to those all laws of 1774, the delegates of the colonies (except Georgia) united in a meeting in Philadelphia.

The meeting is popularly known as the First Continental Congress (organized from 1774’s September 5th to October 26th).

Here most importantly, they decided to impose a heavy economic sanction over British importing goods to the colonies.

And they did it successfully.

This also in return became a nightmare to Britain.

Because it reduced British goods import to the colonies by 97 percent; especially in Boston, Massachusetts province. 

Along with this, they also came into a concurrence for preparing for the inevitable revolutionary way.


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