The Stamp Act 1765

By: Dawson Walker

What It Said

-Passed on March 22, 1765 by the Parliament of Great Britain

-Imposed a direct tax on the colonies of British America and required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London

-Were legal documents, magazines, playing cards, newspapers, etc.

-Had to be paid in valid British Currency

-Purpose was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British won in the Seven Year's War

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How The Colonist Reacted

-Many colonist considered it a violation of their rights

-Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protest

-Local protest groups established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from new New England to Maryland

-Some protest and demonstrations even became violent

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