The Townshend Acts were passed in 1767 by Charles Townshend in order to lessen the tax burden from the colonies on Britain. This angered the colonists because they felt that Townshend was abusing his power.
The Acts angered the colonists so much that they decided to limit the British goods imported into the colonies in order to hurt Britain. These goods included items such as paper, tea and paints. By 1770, Britain had repealed the taxes with the exception of tea. This tea tax would lead to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The growing anger would continue to surge and ultimately lead to the Revolutionary War.