Essay on The Stamp Act Of 1765

1103 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Nobody had imagined that within two decades Britain’s American colonies would separate from the empire. It all started when George III assumed the throne of Britain’s empire. In 1764, the Sugar Act, introduced by prime minister George Greenville reduced the existing tax on molasses imported into North America from the French West Indies from six pence to three pence per gallon. But, the act also established a new machinery to end widespread smuggling by colonial merchants, which strengthened the court, where accused smugglers could be judged without benefit of jury trial. Thus, colonists saw the measure not as a welcome reduction in taxation, but as an attempt to get them to pay a levy they would otherwise have evaded. At the same, a Revenue Act placed goods such as wool and hides to be shipped through England, which was traded freely with Holland, France, and southern Europe. Together, these measures threatened colonial merchants economically. The Stamp Act of 1765 represented a new departure in imperial policy. The act required that all sorts of printed material produced in colonies such as newspapers, book, court documents, commercial papers, land deeds, almanacs, carry a stamp purchased from authorities. Unlike Sugar Act, Stamp Act managed to offend virtually every free colonist: rich and poor, farmers, artisans, and merchants. Opposition to the Stamp Act was the first great drama of the revolutionary era and the first major split between the colonists and Great Britain…

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