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Extract from British laws called the Townshend Acts, passed in 1767
(House of Lords Record Office: HL/PO/PU/1/1766/7G3n172)
House of Lords Record Office: HL/PO/PU/1/1766/7G3n172; extract from the Townshend Acts, 1767
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in North America. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • What goods have duties placed on them?
  • Which goods are coming to America and coming from America?
  • What are the main aims of the British government in passing this act?
  • Does this source provide any clues about the reasons why the British were in North America?
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