Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Indemnity Act

Since tea smuggling had become such a successful and common occurrence, Parliament realized how difficult it was to enforce the taxing of tea. So they decided to pass the Indemnity Act of 1767. This Act dictated that no more taxes … Continue reading

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The Liberty

Most people don’t know that John Hancock was a seasoned smuggler and merchant! In April 1768, his ship the Liberty arrived carrying wine and other taxable goods. He ordered his crew to unload the cargo under the cover of nightfall. … Continue reading

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The Gaspée

The Gaspée was a British customs schooner that had been enforcing trade regulations that were unpopular and hated by the American colonists. This ship would often patrol the coastline looking for smugglers. Luckily in 1772, the smugglers won! They caught … Continue reading

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