Seven Year's War Dbq

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During the mid-seventeenth century, England was facing the enormous debt from the Seven Year’s War, where the British and its colonial allies fought France and won the war. The Parliament passed several laws to help decrease the debt. The Stamp Act, Sugar Act, and the Tea Act were all established to lower it, but it changed and affected many lives negatively, along the way. After the Seven Year’s War, the Parliament needed to find ways to solve the problem with the war debt. The prime minister, George Grenville helped by revising the Molasses Act.. Grenville immediately observed the customs service that were regulating the trading system and collecting taxes on imports and exports. He found out that the officers enforcing the laws were being …show more content…
It was passed as a law to lower the tax on tea to encourage many Americans to buy it. This act was also issued to avoid Americans to disobey the law, but some Americans still smuggled a large portion of Dutch tea into England, even with the tax reduced. Due to the smuggling, Lord North gave the East India Company, permission to sell tea directly to some merchants in certain colonial cities, cutting out the British middlemen. As the news reached the colonies, many people thought it was a trap for the Americans to buy more taxed tea, but it wasn’t. It was created to increase revenue to pay off the salaries of royal governors and judges. It was hard to resist the Tea Act that even non-importation was feasible since tea trade is very important to merchants. Another idea to resist the Tea Act was to consume boycotts but it was impossible to recognize the difference between a smuggled tea and a dutied tea. So, official tea agents were hired, and in every port city there were Sons of Liberty that pressured tea agents to resign just like what happened when Stamp Act was issued. If there were no agents, the tea cargoes would be duty-free or sent back home. When three ships carrying teas arrived in Boston in November 1773, all cargoes were unloaded except for the teas because of the tension happening at that time, so the captain immediately wished to return to England but Governor Hutchinson disapproved this and asked …show more content…
It had caused the government to tax the colonists. So, to reduced the debt of England, the Parliament created many laws such as Stamp Act and Sugar Act which was purposely to raise revenue, while the Tea Act was mainly for the salaries of judges and royal governors. Overall, all of these acts were not very successful as it was suppose to be because many unpleasant events happened as these were

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