Write An Essay On The Stamp Act Of 1765

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The Stamp Act was created and enforced upon the colonies by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. After fighting in the North America's alongside the Colonists and in various other locations globally, the British racked up a healthy sum of debt, around 177 million pounds (Tax history Project): which roughly converts to 268,659,450 dollars in modern day currency. In an effort to pay off such debt, the British parliament issued various acts upon the colonists which taxed them for common goods: on specifically being the stamp act. Outraged by its coverage of over all paper good including stamps, legal documents, newsprint, and even playing cards and dice (history.org), the colonists proceeded to protest on belief of the act being unconstitutional(history.com…show more content…
Ten years later, the emotion and the unruliness of the british parliament led to the colonist’s rebellion against Britain. Thesis: The Stamp act of 1765 contributed to America seeking independence from Britain due to its unjust and high taxation of the colonists. (What led up to it) The first act issued in hopes of recovering from debt was the Sugar Act of 1764. Such an act imposed the taxation of sugar and other goods that was purchased by the colonists (History.com staff). Sugar which created molasses was a key component in making rum which was commonly drank in the colonies due to the unsanitary water (“Sugar act”). many colonists argued about the effect on the economy, with how high the tax was, it was extremely difficult to make a reasonable profit on products like rum and an inflation occurred ( Sugar act ). Not only were the colonies effects, but also the British West Indies; as less colonists purchased sugar and molasses from merchants, less merchants purchased molasses from the islands which resulted in a surplus of product which reduced expenses( “Sugar Act” ), the colonists viewed this as unjust since the British prospered while the economy suffered in the Americas. In the colonists eyes, the
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