Acts of Protest:
From Boston to Charleston, about 40 percent of the colonists protested British policies.
As Parliament continued to bypass local legislatures, juries, and militias to enact and enforce laws and taxes, colonial resentment turned to open resistance. Colonists issued statements of their rights, appealed to the king and people of Britain, and petitioned Parliament. They boycotted British goods and harassed royal officials. Some protests turned violent.
Different economic interests, regional and ethnic identities, and religious beliefs divided the colonists. But as they began to communicate and coordinate insurgencies, they came to realize that they shared a common understanding of their rights and liberties.