History of the British Colonial Tax Stamp
On March 22, 1765, the English
Parliament passed the dreaded “Stamp Act”.
This was King George III's attempt to get the colonies to bear some of the costs of the French and Indian War, fought between the British and the French (1754-1763) on American soil.
The Sons of Liberty in the colonies had a different idea. They burned the stamps and threatened the stamp agents. “Taxation without representation” was a violation of their rights.
On November 1, 1765, the colonists refused to buy the stamps and business
came to a standstill. The revolution had begun.
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