Non Importation And Non Consumption Agreements

The non-import agreements of the late colonial era were important precursors of the American Revolution. The agreements have stoked tensions that have led to violence. The negotiation of the agreements propelled the Boston Patriots to the forefront and demonstrated to the settlers the potential for unified action. At a deeper level, the agreements have helped awaken settlers to their emerging national identity as Americans, helping them promote their cultural value of austerity on the national stage. Once again, the settlers were outraged. In response, twelve of the thirteen colonies formed the First Continental Congress, where they drew up a list of complaints against the Crown and the provisions they would make until the legislative power was changed. One of these provisions was the non-consumption agreements, which ensured that the colonies would not import British products and would not export goods to Britain and its colonies if Britain did not rescind its previously adopted laws. Although patriots like to say otherwise, not everyone agrees with non-import and non-consumption movements. Some settlers agreed with them, buying, importing or selling British products. In August 1769, the offenders were revealed on the front page of the Boston Chronicle. The news of the violations has devastating effects on the boycott, as does the importation of traders who mock patriots and their search for “tiny packages” that could contain contraband. The non-consumption agreements were part of a family of agreements, including non-import and non-export agreements, processed by American settlers in the declarations and resolution of the First Continental Congress of 1774.

These agreements then served as the basis for the non-importation act and subsequent embargo of 1807, adopted in 1806 by the United States Congress[1] to establish American nautical neutrality during the Napoleonic wars between France and Great Britain. 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.

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