The Stamp Act: The Causes Of The Stamp Act

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On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed a policy named Stamp Act. George Grenville, who was responsible for this publishment, required all of us Americans to pay tax on every printed paper we used. This included legal documents, newspapers, licenses, ship’s papers, and even playing cards. Some purposes to collect tax from the colonists was to be able to pay the war debt, British governmental authority over the American colonies, and finally the main purpose of collecting tax through this method was to help pay the cost of defending and protecting the American frontier, which was located near the Appalachian Mountains for the French and Indian war. The Stamp Act was viewed as an opportunity by the English to be able to raise money in the colonies without the approval of the colonial legislatures. The colonists under the British rule at that time found the law offensive and unjust. The main reason behind this reaction was not because of the actual cost of the stamp, but because of the standards it seemed to set. Colonists who were willing to disobey this law, were tried in vice-admiralty courts. Convictions were very probable in this case. The stamped papers had a tax on them and had to be bought from a governmental stamped paper office. Other documents had a hand pressed stamp or had a foil seal. The values of these stamps varied according to different documents. The denominations of Stamp Act Stamps had a range from half a penny to ten cents. It often increased
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