Boston Non-Importation Agreement Summary

A few days later, the front page of Richard Draper`s May 4 edition of the Massachusetts Gazette provided an update on a non-import agreement at the time. He reminded readers that the Merchants & Traders in the Town of BOSTON met last August and „had reached an agreement not to send or import goods from the UK. From January 1769 to January 1770. In addition, „merchants and merchants from other cities in this province and New York“ had entered into similar agreements. Draper reproduced the „original articles of the agreement reached by the dealers last August“ and concluded with the fifth article. He said, „From time to time, after the first of January 1769, we shall not import tea, paper, glass or paint into this province until the law imposing customs duties on these articles is repealed.“ The impact of the Boston non-import agreement and all similar agreements has been considerable. The situation was a nightmare for customs officers who could not collect taxes on goods that were not allowed to disembark or were never sold. The main purpose of the Boston Import Agreement was to protest against the Townshend Revenue Act and boycott the majority of British goods. It was signed on August 1, 1768 by Boston merchants and merchants and came into effect on January 1 of next year. As early as 1766, the cities of the American colonies introduced the practice of applying non-import agreements against imports and trade with Great Britain.

The Sons of Liberty were proponents of the use of non-import agreements and similar boycott tactics. The Stamp Act was repealed as a result of joint non-import agreements by U.S. colonies….

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