What Was The Goal of The Boston Port Bill One of The Intolerable Acts?
Well, the main goal of the Boston Port Bill (One of the Intolerable Acts) was to punish the people of Boston, Massachusetts province for the incident of the Boston tea party.
We can divide the British parliament’s punishing intention through the bill like this:
- Through the bill, the parliament intended to create pressure on the colonists to pay all the compensations for the loss during the tea party. The loss’s current value is around 1 million dollars.
- The British government wanted Bostonians to say sorry to the English King George III and ask him for forgiveness.
- Through the port bill, Britain again wanted to fully reinforce their red coats (military) around the whole city of Boston. Because after the Boston Massacre in 1770, Britain had to fully remove its military presence there.
- Their fourth and most important goal was to contain the evolving American revolution within Boston’s land segment.
Why Did Colonists Consider The Boston Port Bill As One of The Intolerable Acts?
First of all, through the bill, Britain used to target all the people of Boston, Massachusetts province.
But the reality was common people of the city were not involved in that incident.
The tea party executed by a patriotic organization ‘Sons of Liberty’, led by Samuel Adams.
So, targeting common people through the bill was an unfair decision from the British side.
Colonists rationalized that the government was trying to take away their rights of being common English citizens.
Hence, they considered the bill as one of the 5 Intolerable Acts.
What Did British Do Through It?
In simple words, they tightly closed all the trades that happened through Boston Harbor.
It came into full effect from June 1st, 1774.
Did They Succeed In Achieving Their Goal?
No, the British government achieved no success.
Contrary, their move overshadowed them back.
As a response to all the Intolerable Acts (including the Boston Port bill), colonists’ leaders united in a meeting in 1774 on September 5th at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This meeting was none other but the First Continental Congress.
After that, in 1775 on 19th April, the battles of Lexington and Concord fully kicked off the American revolutionary war.