Essay about The Stamp Act Of The United States

807 Words Dec 15th, 2014 4 Pages
The acts passed by the British generated angry and motivated colonists. The British were not intentionally trying to infuriate the colonies; they had to find ways to get themselves out of war debts. But for every British action on the colonists, colonials had an overwhelming animosity toward their homeland. The reoccurring taxing prompted the colonies to rebel against Britain in attempt to become their own independent country. Striving to reduce the smuggling of Sugar into the colonies from Caribbean islands that were not affiliated with them, Britain passed the Sugar Act in 1764. The Sugar Act put a tax on all imported sugar and molasses from foreign countries except Britain. The act also raised the cost of coffee, indigo and outlawed the importing of all foreign rum and wine. With the already struggling economy, this tax outraged colonists; they were convinced that the Sugar Act was a way for Britain to monopolize foreign trade. The Stamp Act had the largest impact out of all the revenue taxes. The Stamp Act required a stamp on all printed-paper goods in the US. This included items that were necessities to people such as licenses and legal documents, they even taxed newspapers and playing cards. This tax was imposed to provide money to the thousands of troops who were sent to defend the colonists’ frontier near The Appalachian Mountains. The cost of the stamp itself was a very little amount, but was seen as by the colonists as “The Big Bully Britain” stealing money…

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