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British Sent The HMS Romney To Enforce Taxation Laws In 1768

In 1768, the British government sent the ship the HMS Romney to Boston Harbor to enforce the Townshend Acts, a series of taxation laws against the American colonies that led to the Boston Tea Party and the American revolution. The ship impressed American sailors, seized a ship belong to John Hancock, and served as a refuge for tax officials from angry mobs.

Posted on August 7, 2012, at 5:44 p.m. ET

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