Point of No Return

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Although Great Britain and the thirteen colonies had a close relationship for many years, all relationships must come to an end. Unfortunately for both England and the colonies, the relationship ended with bloodshed, war, violence, and death. For the majority of their relationship, it seemed that Britain and the colonies would have a peaceful life, and even though there were disagreements, there always was light at the end of the tunnel. However, eventually the colonies and Great Britain reached a standoff, a point of no return that forever created an icy, tense relationship between the two. A point of no return is crucial to any relationship because it is the point in time where no matter what, the past cannot be made up for. The mistakes either side made will cost them, and the relationship will never be the same again. For Britain and her colonies, the point of no return was The Coercive Acts issued in 1774.

The point of no return in colonial-British relations between 1760 and 1776 was the Coercive Acts or as many colonists knew it, the “Intolerable Acts”. As the title “Intolerable Acts” suggest the colonists thought this law was unbearable because of the four major points it stated. The first of the four important acts was the Boston Port Bill enacted on April 1st, 1774. This declared that the British Navy shut down Boston harbor unless the town agreed to reimburse Great Britain for the tea that was ruined during the Boston Tea Party. The second Coercive Act was the Governmental Act which restructured the government to make it less democratic. This was done by having the Massachusetts’ upper house appointed by the crown; governor had total control over judges and sheriffs, and lastly it restricted communities to only one town meeting a year. The second to last Coercive Act was the Administration of Justice Act stating that any British soldier accused of murder in Massachusetts would go to trial in England or another colony. The last “Intolerable” Act was...
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