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Lord North

george 3's prime minister, repeals townshend acts except for tea.

George Grenville

prime minister who started taxing everything. sugar, stamps, quartering act, admiralty courts...

Letter from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

series of essays written by the Pennsylvania lawyer and legislator John Dickinson and published under the name A Farmer. important in uniting the colonists against the Townshend Acts

Gaspee Incident

The burning of the british ship, the gaspée by the citizens of providence. example of colonial opposition to the enforcement of the navigation acts.

Charles Townshend

British Prime Minister. Influenced Parliament to pass the Townshend Acts.

Baron von Steuben

The German commander who taught Washington's troops how to fight at Valley Forge.


an economic policy under which nations sought to increase their wealth and power by obtaining large amounts of gold and silver and by selling more goods than they bought

Virtual Representation

British governmental theory that Parliament spoke for all British subjects, including Americans, even if they did not vote for its members

Sons of Liberty

patriotic groups that protested the stamp act and enforced the non-important agreements.

Admiralty Courts

special administrative courts designed to handle breaking the navigation laws without a jury.

Committees of Correspondence

local committees established throughout massachusetts, then the colonies to oppose british policies.

First Continental Congress

Delagates from all colonies except georgia met to discuss problems with the intolerable acts. insisted on full british boycott.

Loyalists (Tories)

American colonists who remained loyal to Britain and opposed the war for independence

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