New Restrictive British Policies, 1759-1774

George III's 1765 Stamp Act, a colossal
mistake for the British in America

Year  Legislative Restraints Restraints on Expansion Restraints on Trade New Taxes
 1759 Virginia legislature restricted by crown from enacting timely legislation      
 1762      Writs of assistance (blanket search warrants)  
 1763   Proclamation Line keeps settlers hemmed in Enforcement of Navigation Acts increased by navy and customs officials
1764 Currency Act prevented colonial legislatures from issuing paper currency   Sugar Acts strengthened by Admiralty Courts Sugar Act--revenue-producing tax 

Quartering Act required colonists to pay to house British soldiers.

Stamp Act sets internal taxes on legal documents, newspapers, etc.

1767 Colonial assemblies limited in size   Townshend Duties strengthen Admiralty Courts Townshend Duties imposed on imported goods to pay colonial officials
1773       Tea Act reduces duty but leads to Boston Tea Party
(Intolerable Acts)
Town meetings limited, Massachusetts charter violated Quebec Act enlarges Quebec, reducing claims of Ohio River Valley colonists Boston Port Act closes harbor until tea is paid for New Quartering Act broadly expands British Army's right to quarter troops in homes, buildings

Main Source: The American Journey by David Goldfield (Prentice-Hall, 1998)