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Landing of the Troops

Landing of the Troops

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In 1767 Parliament passed the Townshend Acts, named for Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exequer, who wanted to reduce British debt.  These Acts included taxes on paper, glass, tea and other common items imported into the colonies.  The colonists reacted with hostility to the new taxes.  In September of 1768 General Thomas Gage sent a force to Boston to maintain order.  At the end of September 1768 British troops arrived in Boston Harbor.  By 1770 there were 4000 British troops quartered in Boston, a town of fewer than 16,000.  This print is made from a reproduction copperplate taken from the original Paul Revere copperplate and then printed on a 19th century copperplate press.

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