Stamp act

March 22, 1765

When the Stamp Act was in place.

The stamp act was passed by the British Parliament an March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used.

Why The Stamp Act was passed.

The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains (10,000 troops were to be stationed on the American frontier for this reason).

Why was it a big deal?

The colonists were upset because it was taxation without representation, meaning that the colonists were not represented in Parliament. Then they started to pass more acts until fights broke out, and finally the colonists went to war with the british.