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Massachusetts Government Act

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Definition Massachusetts Government Act
The Meaning and Definition of the Massachusetts Government Act: The Massachusetts Government Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain on May 20, 1774. The Massachusetts Government Act revoked the colony's 1691 charter effectively ended the constitution of Massachusetts and  and restricted the number of town meetings that a community might hold and prohibited the election of town officials.

Purpose of Massachusetts Government Act
The Massachusetts Government Act was designed to punish the inhabitants of Boston, Massachusetts for the incident that would become known as the .

The Massachusetts Government Act was one of a series of British Laws referred to as the passed by the Parliament of Great Britain 1774.

Events leading up to the Massachusetts Government Act 1774
The events that led to the passing of the Intolerable Acts, including the Massachusetts Government Act, were primarily the:

The Sons of Liberty, a secret, underground organization formed following the 1765 Stamp Act, were Patriots who agitated and protested against British rule in the colonies. The Massachusetts Government Act was one of the series of reprisals for the actions taken by the patriots. Read the .

The Massachusetts Government Act 1774
The Massachusetts Government Act was:

"An Act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. "

The Massachusetts Government Act:

  • Put an end to the constitution of Massachusetts
  • Only one town meeting was permitted a year in Massachusetts, unless approved by the governor
  • Town officials would no longer be elected, they were to be be appointed by the royal governor
  • The executive council would no longer be elected, but appointed by the King
  • The Massachusetts Government Act revoked the colony's 1691 charter

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