Causes of The American Revolution
Andrew Neaville 1763-1776
The Proclamation of 1763
The Stamp Act
The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament in 1765 to help pay off debt from the French and Indian War. It taxed anything printed on paper and required the colonists to buy a stamp or seal for these paper products. Samuel Adams was an important and influential figure in creating colonist opposition to the new tax. At first, he created the Committees of Correspondence, which was a group of people that would contact towns and colonies and give them information on how to fight the new tax. They told them they should boycott and protest the Stamp Act. Adams later created the Sons of Liberty, an organized group that protested against the tax collectors. Sadly, many times they resorted to violence, like feathering people in front of mobs. Eventually, the Stamp Act Congress gathered where they talked about Colonial Governments needing to be the only people to pass taxes on the colonists. King George III listened to Benjamin Franklin and repealed the Stamp Act.