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The Boston Port Act

Boston Port Act, 31 mars 1774
Le Boston Port Act est l'une des « lois intolérables » promulguées par les Britianniques en réponses à l'agitation des treize colonies, et notamment à la Boston Tea Party. Interdisant l'usage du port de Boston jusqu'à réparation des dommages subis, il imposait de plus une lourde taxe en ce sens.

An act to discontinue, in such manner, and for such time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour, of Boston, in the province of Massachuset’s Bay, in North America.

WHEREAS dangerous commotions and insurrections have been fomented and raised in the town of Boston, in the province of Massachuset’s Bay, in New England, by divers ill-affected persons, to the subversion of his Majesty’s government, and to the utter destruction of the publick peace, and good order of the said town; in which commotions and insurrections certain valuable cargoes of teas, being the property of the East India Company, and on board certain vessels lying within the bay or harbour of Boston, were seized and destroyed: And whereas, in the present condition of the said town and harbour, the commerce of his Majesty’s subjects cannot be safely carried on there, nor the customs payable to his Majesty duly collected; (…) May it please your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King’s most excellent majesty (…) That from and after the first day of June, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-four, it shall not be lawful for any person or persons whatsoever to lade put, (…), off or from any quay, wharf, or other place, within the said town of Boston, or in or upon any part of the shore of the bay, commonly called The Harbour of Boston, (…), on the western side of the entrance into the said bay, or in or upon any island, creek, landing place, bank, or other place, within the said bay or headlands, into any ship, vessel, lighter, boat, or bottom, any goods, wares, or merchandise whatsoever, to be transported or carried into any other country, province or place whatsoever, or into any other part of the said province of the Massachuset’s Bay, in New England; (…)

Boston Port Act, 31 mars 1774, source : https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/boston_port_act.asp
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