Stamp Act Imposed By the British

The Stamp Act was an act that was passed by the British on March 2, 1765. It forced the colonists of the American colonies to pay taxes on every good imported. They were passed by the British Parliament because they thought that since they helped to protect the colonists in the French and Indian war they would have the rights to tax the colonists for expenses of the war. The colonists didn't believe that the British had the right to tax them, as they saw the French and Indian war help as a way for the British to protect their own ports and lands. The Stamp Act itself required the colonists to pay a tax on goods, which would then be stamped to show that the tax had been paid.
More facts about the Stamp Act...

Even playing cards were taxed Money collected went to protecting frontier near the Appalachians
Actually was a pretty small cost, but colonists didn't like the standard it seemed to set I was seen as an attempt to make money rather than to regulate commerce
It was passed without approval of colonial legislatures Became effective Nov.1
Announced by George Grenville, the Prime Minister of Great Britain. He wanted to find another way to raise money and was open to suggestions Funds raised were sent to British soldiers protecting the colonies
Colonists would buy the stamps from a stamp commissioner No commissioner was actually hurt, but the colonists had threatened to


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