Essay on The British Empire

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Due to the debt the British Empire found itself in following the seven year war with France, it sought ways to raise revenue. The Parliament therefore decided to levy taxes on the colonists. This enraged the colonists causing many protest and eventually led to the American Revolutionary War. In the following paragraphs I will discuss the terms of the Stamp Act, the Revenue Act, and the Tea Act and their effect on the colonists.
The seven year war that fought between British and France from 1756 to 1763, ended the long rivalry between Britain and France with Britain domination of North America. The victory by Britain and colonial allies, however, had saddled the British Empire with a tremendous debt. In order to pay off this huge war debt the British government decided that, the colonists, as British subjects should shoulder part of the war’s expense. “To many Americans, however this proposition seemed in deep violation of what they perceived to be their rights and liberties as British subjects, and it created resentment that eventually erupted in large scale street protest”( p. 140). The Stamp Acts, one of the first provocative revenue acts, was proposed by prime minister George Grenville and passed by the parliament in 1765. It was the first internal tax levied directly on American colonists by the British government. Instead of levying a duty on trade goods the Stamp Acts imposed a direct tax on the colonists. The act required legal document and printed materials like…

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