Quartering Act presented a series of Acts of the British Parliament requiring the American government to supply British soldiers with accommodation, food, and drink. The date of the act’s issue was May 3rd, 1765. The Quartering Act was a part of the Munity Acts, which presupposed an annual update.


Seven Years of the French and Indian wars on the territory of the North America demanded constant provisioning for the troopers. Once the wars had come to an end, British officials, including a general Thomas Sage, decided to let some British soldiers stay in North America to protect their colonies. Therefore, Britain wanted American colonial governments to provide troops with feeding and housing during peaceful times. The troopers were supposed to live in the barracks and public houses. However, if there were not enough of those for accommodating the soldiers, they should have been quartered in inns, private homes, stables, or other buildings. However, this act did not affect all the colonies as the troops were situated only in some of them.

The Quartering Act of 1765 was somehow obscured by the Stamp Act, which was passed the same year because American colonists thought they would be taxed even more. Also, American colonists suspected that the new law was not about defending British colonies, but about imposing new policies and more significant taxes. Moreover, locals did not want to pay for the housing of British troops during peacetime when no force was necessary, and the fear of being attacked by Britain agitated Americans.