APUSH Laws, Acts, Codes, Congresses

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Navigation Acts of 1660 and 1663

Stated that certain products from the colonies such as sugar, tobacco, and indigo, could only be shipped to England to help British Merchants. Form of mercantilism.

House of Burgesses

the first elected legislative assembly in the New World established in the Colony of Virginia in 1619, representative colony set up by England to make laws and levy taxes but England could veto its legislative acts.

Molasses Act

1733, tightened British control over colonial trade

Stamp Act

1765, the act dictated that all legal documents in the colonies had to be issued on officially stamped paper, later repealed

Townshend Acts

1767, British legislation that forced colonies to pay duties on most goods coming from England, later repealed

Committees of Correspondence

first created in Massachusetts and then in other colonies, circulated grievances against the British to towns within their colonies

First Continental Congress

1774, meeting in Philadelphia at which colonists vowed to resist further efforts to tax them without their consent

Albany Congress

1754, delegates met to try to coordinate their policies concerning further westward expansion and Native American settlement

Treaty of Paris of 1763

ended French and Indian War, also ended French influence in America

Currency Act of 1764

made it illegal to print paper money in the colonies

Sugar Act

increased the penalties for colonial smuggling and ensured that colonists would pay a British duty for all molasses brought to the colonists

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