Revolutionary War Taxes

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The causes of the revolutionary war were more economical than political mainly, because of one factor which was taxes. The British imposed a number of taxes on the American colonists to pay off their war debts and also for the cost of protecting the colonists from the local Native Americans. By imposing these taxes, this caused great tension between the British and the colonists and eventually led to war. Some of the taxes that were imposed were: The Revenue Act, Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, and the Quartering Act. The Revenue Act of 1764 (also known as the Sugar Act) was passed on April 5th, 1764. This act was proposed by England’s Prime Minister. The act lowered tariff rates on non-British products from the West Indies as well as strengthened their collection. It was hoped this would reduce the…show more content…
It was created, because the Revenue Act did not bring in enough money. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper that was used. Ship 's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and playing cards were all taxed. The Townshend Acts of 1767 was the next tax that was passed. This tax was created by Charles Townshend on June 29, 1767 and imposed taxes on paints, paper, glass, tea, and other imports. The purpose of the Townshend Acts was to raise revenue in the colonies and to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would remain loyal to Great Britain. The Townshend Acts were met with great resistance which eventually resulted in the Boston Massacre of 1770. The British also passed a Quartering Act that demanded colonists to house and feed British troops upon their request. This ACT angered many colonists. The New York colonial assembly disapproved of being commanded to provide quarter for British troops. They preferred to be asked and then provide their
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