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How did the American colonists react to the Quartering Acts?

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The American colonists reacted negatively overall to the Quartering Acts passed in the late eighteenth century by the British Parliament. The Acts were resented as representing an imposition by Parliament.

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Two Quartering Acts were passed in 1765 and 1774 requiring the colonists to house and support British troops protecting them against the French. The first also required them to feed the troops. This was removed from the second Act in 1774.

The New York colonial assembly refused to comply and was censured by Parliament, which prohibited the assembly from enacting any further legislation until they complied. There were skirmishes on the streets of New York. Tensions grew and the dispute resulted in the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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