The Stamp Act (1765)

March 22, 1765

Summary of The Stamp Act

  • passed by the Parliament of Great Britain
  • direct tax on the people of British America
  • required printed materials to be produced on stamped paper
  • carrying an embossed revenue stamp
  • payed in valid British currency
  • help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Year's War

The Response/Reaction

  • considered it a violation of their rights
  • colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests
  • The Stamp Act Congress also petitioned Parliament and the King
  • established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from New England to Maryland