They hit 11 people; three civilians died at the scene of the shooting, and two died after the incident.
Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoats. It was the phrase 'taxation without representation' "that was to draw many to the cause of the American patriots against the mother country" 6.
The Acts prohibited British producers from growing tobacco and also encouraged shipbuilding, particularly in the New England colonies.
The British government responded by passing several Acts which came to be known as the Intolerable Actswhich further darkened colonial opinion towards the British. Compared to their British brethren across the pond, American colonists enjoyed relative prosperity and freedom.
Large plantations that grew cash crops like tobacco and rice dominated the mid-Atlantic and southern landscape.
First, the British government did allow for a degree of self-government. Ultimately the Townshend Acts were repealed except for a tax on tea that was retained as a British gesture that they still had every right to tax as they wished in North America. The leadership of the Association was able to fan "public opinion into revolutionary ardor" 9.
The best way to protect these rights was by limiting the power of government and allowing people to govern themselves.