Most of the taxes that had been placed on the colonists up to this point were external taxes on trade like the Sugar Act. This was an internal tax that stated that every item made of paper bought had to have a royal stamp on the document. This would cause the price of all paper prices to go up. This made the colonists furious for they were already upset with the taxes before the stamp act, but this act was not a normal tax on trading it was on colonial merchandise. The British had just beaten France in the French and Indian war, but there economy was hurt by the war and they believed that the colonies were meant to support the mainland.
The colonists were mistreated from the start the British forced them to pay their war debts basically and controlled them harshly this caused the colonists to rise up and take back power. These events eventually led to the American Revolution and colonists
Financial stability of the colonial people was often thought to be put at stake with the introduction of new taxes and regulations which caused much frustration. Before Parliament had laid out any questionable taxes (i.e. stamp act), the citizens appeared perfectly content with Parliament 's power (Doc C). The stamp act required that every document, used by the colonists be stamped and taxed. One can see why this would anger people (as paper was the “big thing” before modern technology). Chaos ensued, the colonists were not fond of tax collectors whatsoever.
Some of the taxes that were implemented onto the Americans were the Sugar and Stamp act, Navigation act, Wool act, Hat act, the Proclamation of 1763, the Quartering Act, Townshend Acts, and the Coercive Intolerable Acts, (Document Five). Each one of these added more stress on the colonist persuading their final decision of starting a revolution. Not only did the taxes install hatred into the colonist but also events and actions that the British did harmed their cause. Those events included; the boston massacre, the French Indian war, Boston Tea Party, and many more, (Document four) As seen the British lead themselves onto the wrong path by trying to tighten their grip on the colonist but ended up hurting themselves when their actions added more fuel to the Americans fire.
During the Colonial Era (1492-1763), colonists were justified in waging war against Great Britain; due to the inequitable Stamp Act, the insufferable British oppression, and the perceived tyranny of King George III, the king of Great Britain, however, the colonists were unjustified in some of their actions. In Colonial America, colonists were justified in waging war against Great Britain, because the Stamp Act was unfair and viewed as punishment. Because of the war, Britain had no other choice but to tax the colonists to pay for the debt. For example, according to document 2, the author states that the act was not only for trade but for “the single purpose of levying money.”
“Crying out against ‘taxation without representation,’ the colonists responded by boycotting”(Unknown,1774). They really didn’t like being taxed on so one of the things they did was boycotting. They also dumped tea bags in the Boston Harbor. “...by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard”(Hughes,1773). They threw the tea bags and after they found out they got really mad because everything was destroyed so the British created The Intolerable
In 1770, the Townshend Acts were undone except for the small tax on tea. The general meaning of this was to show that Parliament still had the right to tax the groups of people. For the majority of the time, the tax was ignored as the colonists bought most of their tea from Dutch smugglers, who sneak illegal things into or out of places. In 1773, the East India Company had all of its warehouses in England full of tea. To get away from ruins of money, Parliament adopted the Tea Act.
Separately, these acts did not cause the American revolution but together the acts created tension between the American colonists and England. The Stamp act started to build the tension between the colonists and England because it was the first tax directly imposed onto the colonists. They saw this as unfair because during the French and Indian war the colonist were ignored and then suddenly they were expected to pay off Britain’s war debt. The Stamp Act led to the Declaratory Act which led to many other laws given by King George the III and Parliament because of the backlash received from the colonists. The Boston tea party was an effect of the Tea Act enacted on the American colonists.
The American Boston tea party was probably the most unreasonable and destructive action taken by either of the two parties during this period, yet somehow historians portray this act as a sign of courage and independence. However, no matter how unreasonable the Americans were, they got the response they wanted from the British. The British responded to the Boston Tea Party with the “Coercive Acts” or the “Intolerable Acts” as some put it (“The Third Imperial Crisis”). This is where British reasonability exited the picture. The Intolerable Acts were four different acts that served as punishment rather than advancement of the British economy.
However, I still believe that the Stamp Act put a direct tax on not stamps but almost all paper goods in the colonies. There were not by chance plenty British troops to prosecute the act, colonists were cut off British exports with bad effects on British business. Today, the Stamp Act had been the key link in the succession of occurrences that led to the free US. I don’t find any such unsettled soul to control us if it should, the means are in our Hands to keep from happening any commotions or shame; what the result may be in the Colonies who have no army power to hold the mass in form, I cannot assume to
All British citizens are granted that their basic right but when they do not have it fulfilled but the citizens in Britain do, it is not fair to the colonists living in America. “Colonists…look upon this unconstitutional method of Taxation as a direful attack upon their Liberties & loudly exclaim against the violation” (5). The majority of the colonists think that the colonists taking away their basic right is a direct attack against them that it’s not fair. They will protest, make agreements, and create peer pressure so that communities would boycott against the taxes together to protest the unjustness in the
Although the British had a good reason to tax us colonists their expectations of how us colonists would fulfill, were unrealistic. The colonists were not able to choose how they wanted to repay the British
When looking back into history one typically overlooks the French and Indian war due to lack of public knowledge of the war and what the war accomplished. One of the major effects the war was the widespread development of anger directed toward Great Britain due to the increased taxation of the colonies. Unsurprisingly the war failed to lower the tensions between Great Britain and France. The French and Indian War represented a major turning point in the socio economic relationship between the colonies and Great Britain due to the financial and social tensions created by the war but failed to change the relationship between Great Britain and France.
But, after this Britain went of control with power. They set up many unfair taxes and made the colonists like slaves to them. So yes, the colonists were justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain because they made unfair taxes or acts and they had too much power over the colonists. After the French and Indian war Britain was left with a lot of debt. To pay off the debt from the war
Some people started hinting that there was dark designs behind the Stamp Act. The thought that “the tax was a gradual plot to deprive the colonists of their freedoms and to enslave them beneath a tyrannical regime.” People were very worried about this and they did not want it to happen. They just wanted to live in America with their