In response to the non-import Boston agreement, Parliament finally struck down the Townshend Revenue Act taxes on all products except tea. The non-import agreements of the years leading up to the American Revolution were an effective tactic to protest British policy and put the Boston Patriots first and demonstrate to other colonies the potential for joint action. Following the successful boycott that Boston launched in 1768 with the Boston non-Import Agreement, the First Continental Congress of 1774 would pass a colonial ban on all trade with Great Britain. These examples are automatically selected from different online sources of information to reflect the current use of the word “non-import.” The opinions expressed in the examples do not reflect the views of Merriam-Webster or its publishers. Send us comments. Other U.S. cities have implemented similar non-import agreements to oppose the unpopular British policy. The use of raw materials, goods produced in the colonies and Yankee ingenuity were commonplace. Meanwhile, the American colonies experimented with the idea of being self-sufficient and not relying on the metropolis.
This experience would be invaluable, because in a few years during the revolution, the British Royal Navy would blockade the American coast and close many major port cities. In the non-import agreement in Boston, traders and traders agreed to boycott goods under the Townshend Revenue Act until taxes on those goods were lifted. Some critical products have been excluded from the boycott, such as salt, hemp and duck cloths. Smuggling was widespread. This was a direct violation of the Navigation Act. Almost all American communities have benefited or participated in the smuggling of illicit goods purchased by Dutch, French and Spanish traders. Smuggling was not only a cheaper alternative to taxed British products, but it also served as an effective means of resisting and undermining British politics. Boston was overwhelmed by smuggling and smugglers. The Sons of Liberty financed their organization through lucrative smuggling operations.
Smuggling financed much of their opposition to British authority. Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere were all known as notorious patriotic Boston traffickers. The first non-import agreementsThe first non-import agreements were created by the Stamp Act of 1765. In protest at the unrepresentation tax, New York merchants agreed to boycott British imports until Parliament lifted stamp duty. They convinced the merchants in Boston and Philadelphia to do the same. The American colonists followed suit.