Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: As news of the Boston Tea Party spread through London, the government responded with a series of laws that came to be known in America as the Intolerable Acts. This legislation was designed not only to secure reimbursement for the lost tea but also to punish the colonists for their seditious actions. It was hoped such a course of action would restore some measure of Parliamentary authority in North America. The first law closed the Port of Boston to ocean-going trade. Without even a cursory attempt at hearing Boston’s side the measure sailed through the Commons and the Lords with inordinate speed. Boston was to be shut up tight by June 15th.

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