Thomas Gage, Portrait, Copley

Thomas Gage was the Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America and the Royal Governor of Massachusetts. He helped design the Coercive Acts, including the Quartering Act of 1774 and was responsible for enforcing them against the colonists in Massachusetts and Boston. Image Source: Wikipedia.

Quartering Act of 1774 Facts

June 2, 1774

Important facts and details about the Quartering Act of 1774, which was one of five laws enacted by the British Parliament in 1774 in response to the Boston Tea Party. Collectively, the acts are known as the Coercive Acts or the Intolerable Acts.

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Key facts and important details about the Quartering Act of 1774 for kids doing research and students studying for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

The British Parliament enacted the Quartering Act of 1774 on June 2, 1774.

The Quartering Act of 1774 was one of the Coercive, or Intolerable Acts, enacted by Parliament in reaction to the Boston Tea Party.

The Quartering Act of 1774 was an extension of the Quartering Act of 1765, which required each American colony to provide housing and basic needs for British soldiers stationed within its borders.

The Quartering Act of 1774 did not expand the types of buildings where soldiers could be housed.

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The Quartering Act of 1774 did expand the powers of royal officials in the colonies to seize uninhabited buildings, for the purpose of housing troops, without the approval of local officials.

Contrary to popular belief, neither Quartering Act required colonists to house soldiers in inhabited homes.

Many colonists considered the Quartering Act of 1774 as an infringement on the local authorities.

The Quartering Act of 1774 and the other Coercive Acts provided further ammunition for a growing radical element in the colonies and prompted the calling of the First Continental Congress on September 5, 1774.

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  • Article Title Quartering Act of 1774 Facts
  • Coverage June 2, 1774
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 14, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update July 12, 2022
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