The Stamp Act : The Stamp Act

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“No Taxation without Representation.” Everyone has heard this quote, but how many know where it came from? In March of 1765, British Parliament passed a law that the colonists must pay a tax on any licenses, contracts, wills, warrants, playing cards, and paper. Every one of these things had to have a stamp on it to show that they paid the tax. (Stamp Act Powerpoint) This was called the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was the most important event that caused the Revolutionary War. All of the money that the British collected from this tax was used to pay for defending the colonies and paying off Britain’s debt (Stamp Act Powerpoint). Britain’s debt was caused by the French and Indian War, where the colonists were not allowed to have the land they had won. The colonists did not benefit at all from the taxes they paid. In the U.S. now, our taxes are used to pay for maintaining our roads, schools, libraries and other public facilities. We benefit from our taxes. The troops were supposedly there to protect the colonists, but they feared the army might be used against them (Quartering Act Powerpoint). They felt they did not need to be protected, especially since there were no British troops in the colonies before the French and Indian war. They had been unharmed without protection before, and did not understand why they needed it then. Another reason that this Act was so important was because it was the first tax that was unavoidable. It could not be avoided because it was an internal

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