The British were taxing the American Colonist.
The Stamp Act was authorized in 1765 and repealed in March 1766.
This tax was enforced in all of the colonies.
After the French and Indian War, the British wanted to protect the land
from the French and the Indians, so they assigned troops to protect
this land. Having troops protect this land was costly and the British
were still in debt from the war so they decided to place a tax on
stamps and make people put stamps most published text including some
other things like play cards.
The American Colonist didn't like these taxes for quite a few reasons so they revolted by making people who sold the stamps quit their job and by not using the stamps on the documents.
The colonists eventually forced the British to annul the stamp act in March 1766 but then the British also passed a different act that said the British could tax freely on the same day.
The Colonist disapproved of what the British were doing because they
believed that the only person who should be able to tax them was their
delegate that represented them. They also didn’t like the existence of
soldiers in their town. The final reason is that they had to pay the
taxes in silver which upset them greatly because they didn’t even like
the tax and the when they had to pay in just silver it hindered
The American colonist protested by making the people who sold the stamps quit and by refusing to use the stamps on newspapers, playing cards and documents. This protest resulted in the repeal of the Stamp act in march 1766 but the same day in March another act was passed called the Declaratory act.
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