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Definition: Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1770 to 1782. A former Lord of the Treasury, he focused on economic problems for the first part of his reign. He thought to make an example of Massachusetts by coming down hard on the insurrection there. An example was the Tea Act, which so angered American colonists that they dumped 342 crates of tea into Boston Harbor. But his experiment backfired. Not only did the Massachusetts colonists fight back, but the rest of the colonies also caught the revolutionary fire. War was declared, and the fighting began. North continued to serve as prime minister throughout the war, managing the affairs of the country from home while his armies fought in the field afar. He tried to resign several times during the war, but King George III would not accept the resignation. Finally, a year after Yorktown, while peace negotiations were dragging on, North resigned for good.

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Prime Ministers of Great Britain
This comprehensive list contains information on Lord North and many other British PMs.

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Biography of Lord North
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Origins of the Revolution
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