1765 Stamp Act

The stamp act was past by British parliament on March 22nd 1765. This meant that the colonist had to pay tax on every printed piece of paper they used for whatever. Anything paper was used for it was taxed. The money gained from the Stamp Acts were used to help fund the protection of the new American frontier near the Appellations Mts.

Even though the colonists were very mad about this the truth was they really didn’t have to pay much money. But what made the colonist so made was that, it showed that Britain could control anything it wanted to. In the past the taxes weren’t so bad and they were on the things that colonist could understand. But now it was just the opposite it was to get money! Or rather take it away. If the colonist didn’t do something, revolt or something! This could and most likely would open the door for more absurd taxes.


Almost no colonists believed that they could do anything except minor things and just go about paying away their money. Until! The Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry's Stamp Act Resolves. These said that Americans had the same right as English people did. And that they should pay no taxes unless approved by the Virginia House of Burgesses. Also anyone who didn’t support this was considered an enemy to Virginia.

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