How Did Colonists Respond To The Intolerable Acts?
So, how did the American colonists respond to the unconstitutional Intolerable Acts?
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.
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 particular name seeing 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…
The same year, from September 5 to October 26, 1774, twelve of the thirteen colonies got united in a meeting in Philadelphia, where they came into an agreement that they would start an economic boycott against British good’s import to the colonies.
They decided that the economic boycott would remain until the British government withdraws all 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 to calm down but they refused it.
However, at the same time, Britain also rejected its 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 big battles against the British Empire.
So, this was how colonists respond to the 5 Intolerable Acts.