The Massachusetts Government Act

This Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in May of 1774. It formally negated the Massachusetts Bay Charter, which was the original colonial charter set forth by the government of William and Mary. The Massachusetts Government Act was apart of the Intolerable Acts, that was also known as the Repressive Acts and Coercive Acts, and also gave the royally-appointed governor a very wide range of powers. This Act was a response to concern by British officials about their inability to control the people of Massachusetts.

The Colonists' anger at the British and Loyalist officials.

The Colonists’ anger at the British and Loyalist officials.

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