The Quebec Act

June 22, 1774

The British Parliament passed this measure as a compromise with the Catholics of Canada, establishing in the province of Quebec many of the priviliges enjoyed by the Catholic Church in Catholic nations such as France. In the United States, where anti-Catholicism and fear of Catholic power were widespread, the Act was viewed with alarm as yet another indication of the English government's decline into tyranny. In this way, it was one stimulant to the War of Independence.


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 C.H. Metzger, The Quebec Act;: A primary cause of the American Revolution