parliament responded to the Boston Tea Party by passing
four laws. The colonies called these laws the
The British closed the
Boston Harbor pending the people of Boston paying for the
lost tea, and paying the required tax. They also
eliminated the Massachusetts elected government council.
They replaced it with council members appointed by the
King. They gave the governor new powers, such as the
ability to control public meetings. They also changed the
Justice Act so that people charged with violent crimes
would be tried in England. They expanded the Quartering
Act requiring British troops to be housed in private
homes. Lastly, to prevent the colonies from growing
bigger and stronger, they passed the Quebec Act which
extended the Canadian border southward to the Ohio River
eliminating the colonies claim to the land.