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What was the Prohibitory Act?

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The Prohibitory Act was passed by Great Britain in 1775 as a response to the American colonies' creation of a Continental Army. This act left the colonies without protection from Great Britain, banned trade with them and allowed the seizure of any colonial ship for any reason.

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The act further damaged the relations between the colonies and Britain. In a response to the act, the Continental Congress gave American privateers the authority to arm their ships and act as a supplemental force to the Continental Navy. Ironically, when the act was passed, the conservative members of the Continental Congress were working to soothe the tensions with Britain.

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