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American Of British Policies After 1775

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American Resistance to British Policies before 1775

There were several ways in which the American Colonies resisted Imperial policy before 1775, which led to the American Revolution. Britain’s taxation and infringement of basic rights of the colonists unified the colonies. Many significant events, including the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, occurred before 1775.
In 1764, the British Parliament, under Prime Minister George Grenville, passed the Sugar Act, to raise tax revenue for the Crown. Sugar from the West Indies was taxed. Colonists protested the increased tax. After taxes on foreign sugar were lowered, protests were refueled by the Quartering Act of 1765. This act required colonists to provide housing and food to British soldiers.
The next financial crisis for the colonists happened when Parliament enacted the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act imposed a tax on commercial and legal documents. Marriage licences, newspapers, and diplomas were included in the Stamp Act. The colonists formed the Stamp Act Congress, in which nine of the colonies were represented by 27 leaders. At this point the colonists started to come together when they realized that they were battling a common enemy. The colonists banded together and stopped buying British goods. This angered British merchants and they too protested the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was repealed in 1766. The next tax imposed was the Townshend Tea
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