There were many events leading up to the revolutionary war but the Stamp Act and Sugar Act had its impact. These two acts are a part of what got the conflict started between Great Britain and America; The Sugar Act, was a law that imposed taxes on certain imports and the Stamp Act, is a law that levied new excise taxes. The colonist posed such strong opposition against the taxes the British government were implemented that it was
Although any of the treaties passed Parliament, but one that did was called the Olive Branch Petition. When the petition was brought to King George, he was very angered; moreover, the colonists believed that his taxes were unfair. He then declared soon after that all colonists to be traitors and should be put to death posthaste. Tensions had been growing for years between the two countries, but the King’s decision to list all colonists’ traitors angered them so much they decided to create their own kind of government. This scared Britain to the point of attempting
After the war the British were in a lot of debt; they needed a way to pay off the debt. Consequently the war took place in British America, the Parliament of England figured that the colonists should pay the price. The colonists were upset because of the taxes they called unfair. The Molasses Act was the first tax on sugar. The Molasses Act was placed on the colonies, however, the British government did not enforce this “law”.
The Navigational Acts were a set of laws to make sure that Great Britain would profit from trade instead of any other country. The downside to The Navigational Acts were that the colonies were still relying on Britain. There were already taxes set on so many things; stamp act, sugaring act, quartering act, and
The British were in massive debt following the French and Indian war, therefore they placed taxes on the colonists in order to regenerate some of that money lost. The Sugar Act of 1764 taxed the sale of molasses in hopes to gain some lost money, but this act led the people of Boston to boycott the molasses industry. The Stamp Act of 1765 shortly followed, making colonists buy a stamp with every paper product. The rage the colonists felt over the passing of this act, led the colonies to begin to unify as they together boycotted the trade industry. The Townshend Duties of 1767 imposed taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea, but this only led to the colonist to again boycott the trade of those items and start newspaper attack.
The Sons of Liberty club sprang up to oppose the tax, so they burned the stamps and drove out all the stamp collectors. The Boston Sons of Liberty, headed by Sam Adams, was one of the most uncontrollable patriots in the country. Townshend Acts: •Named after the Chancellor Charles Townshend became the birth of six new laws. The motivation for these acts was to use the money to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would stay loyal to Great Britain. Mainly so that the governors and judges would punish the province of New York for failing to obey the Quartering Act.
After the French and Indian war in 1754 England had Great War debts, to be exact 130 million pounds. In order to pay these debts England decided to tax the colonies on the goods that would presumably not anger the colonists. This tax was known as the stamp act. The goods being taxed consist of anything made of paper, playing cards and envelopes including various other items. Because the British parliament did not consult the colonies about this tax placed on paper products, the colonial families decided that they did not want to pay the tax.
During the Sugar Act the first organized protests were held against the British authorities defying the Sugar Act. Every once in a while there would be violent outbursts against the British authorities. These outbursts were especially in New York and Rhode Island. Samuel Adams and James Otis told the colonists that they
All American colonists were required to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper used. This includes legal documents, newspapers, and even playing cards. The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier. The cost of the Stamp Act was small, but the colonists saw it as offensive when they found out what the money was used for. Taxes were viewed as measures to regulate commerce.
Things begin to change around 1760s, when British parliament passed series of laws without the consultation of American people. The one such law in this series was Stamp act. The Stamp act was passed in 1765. Americans found this tax to be unconstitutional and disturbing because they believed that no freeman could be forced to pay the tax without his permission. Even Benjamin Franklin personally requested the British parliament to relook the
In 1765, Prime minister Grenville introduce the Stamp Act passed by the British crown, and this act prompted the beginning of a lot of resentment from the colonists. For the colonists perspective, it was more than a political argument since every person in the colonies made their living by the use of paper products was affected by the Stamp Act. Not surprisingly, the colonist at this point were trying to decide if they would comply with the new laws. Also, there was a debate regarding whether the colonists were virtually represented by the highest legislature of government whom Prime Minister Grenville felt confident they were. The colonist disputed the fact and asserted that only direct representative had the authority to tax the American colonies.
After the French and Indian War the British were had a gargantuan debt! In order to pay off such a huge debt they imposed new taxes and enforced old ones. Great Britain thought that it was allowed to pass laws like these, because Britain had protected the colonists therefore the colonists have to give obedience. Laws like the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, and along with the British being oblivious to colonists’ pleas to change the harsh laws (Document 2) allowed
stamped paper it also taxed land grants, pamphlets, playing cards, and calendars”(97). This angered people due to the fact that everything that used to be free, was now costing money that went straight to the British Troops commissioned to protect the colonies against invaders. In 1773, the dreaded Tea Act the ironic thing about it was it actually lowered the price of tea in the colonies but the problem was any product shipped to the colonies had to pass through England, upon getting the tea from the East Indies the English merchants had to pay a tax on their purchase. The catch was the East India Company would choose a select group of colonial merchants who were permitted to sell the Tea.
In The Declaration of Independence there was these things called The List of Grievances. The List of Grievances was all the complaints of the colonists into one document. It covered the law where British soldiers were put in the homes of the colonists, also known as the Quartering Acts. The King even took it as far as making people go to England to be tried instead of in the colonies. In my opinion, the Congress were correct in declaring their independence.
America didn’t just start colonizing, America was fought for. Starting in 1765, members of American colonial society rejected the authority of the British Parliament to tax them and to create other laws affecting them without colonial representatives in the government. During the following decade, protests continued to escalate by colonists as in the Boston Tea Party in 1773, during which patriots destroyed a consignment of taxed tea from the Parliament-controlled and favored East India Company. The British responded by imposing laws on the colonists in 1774 known as the Coercive Acts, following which Patriots in the other colonies rallied behind Massachusetts. In late 1774, the Patriots set up their own alternative government to better coordinate their resistance efforts against Great Britain, while other colonists, known as Loyalists, preferred to remain aligned to the British