How Did Colonists Respond To The Intolerable Acts?

So, how did the colonists of the 13 American colonies respond to the unconstitutional 5 Intolerable Acts?

Answer In Short & Quick:

1. Colonists’ First Respond Came Out As They Called It ‘Intolerable Acts’. Actually, The British Parliament Named It ‘Coercive Acts’, But Not ‘Intolerable Acts’.

2. Secondly, To Counter The Parliament’s Decision, The Delegates of The 12 of The 13 British American Colonies Met In A Meeting In Philadelphia (The Year 1774), Called ‘The First Continental Congress‘.

3. In That Congress, They Decided To Impose An Economic Boycott Over British Goods’ Import To The 13 Colonies. Here They Also Urged Colonies’ Delegates To Set Up Their Own Militias For Probable Armed Conflicts.

4. Till The End of 1775 (Next Year), The Economic Boycott Significantly Reduced British Goods’ Import To The Colonies By 97 Percent. 

5. On April 19th, 1775, The Battles of Lexington And Concord Took Place. The Battle Fully Kicked Off The Revolutionary War America’s Independence.

First of all, you can understand colonists’ reaction towards the series of acts as they called it ‘Intolerable Acts’.

Actually, in Great Britain, when the British Parliament passed these acts, they didn’t name it with the ‘Intolerable’ term.

how did the colonists respond to the Intolerable Acts

Of course, why they would do it, there was no reason that they would name it with the ‘Intolerable’ term.

Therefore they referred to it as ‘Coercive Acts of 1774’

American colonists gave it this name realizing its drawbacks for their interests.

Either way, the laws were violating their rights of being British citizens. 

They believed the British government was doing that with a mindset of vengeance for the Boston Tea Party; even after knowing, all people were not responsible for the incident.

Colonists’ second response was revolutionary.

It came out something like this…

To counter the parliament’s decision, the same year, from September 5th to October 26th, 1774; twelve of the thirteen colonies met in a meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

During the meeting, they came to an agreement that they would start an economic boycott against British good’s import to the 13 colonies.

They decided that the economic boycott would remain active until the British government revocate all the 5 Intolerable Acts.

Also, in the same meeting, they urged colonies’ delegates to set up their own militias for probable armed conflicts.

How Colonists Respond The Intolerable Acts

Present-day, the meeting is popular as the First Continental Congress in the USA’s history.

Though, after that, the British government proposed colonists calm down but they refused it.

However, at the same time, Britain also rejected their demand to withdrawal all the laws.

Eventually, on April 19, 1775, the ‘Battles of Lexington and Concord’ started the American revolutionary war.

On May 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formed with the delegates to all the 13 colonies.

Here they decided to get ready for inevitable more big battles against the British Empire.

So, this was how colonists respond to the 5 Intolerable Acts.


Was This Response Lead Them Towards Full Independence?

Yes, colonists’ response towards the Intolerable Acts lead them to full independence and the formation of a new nation, named the United States of America.

After the parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, the situation has never calmed down again; contrary it went worst.

Finally, on July 4th, 1776, the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain.


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