Stamp Act of 1765


The Stamp Act of 1765 refers to the tax enforced by the Parliament of Great Britain on the colonies of then British America. The act called for printed materials within the colonies to be standardized using London-made stamp paper with embossed revenue stamps. Such printed materials comprise mostly of legal documents, newspapers, magazines and other types of paper used throughout the colonies.

The new stamp tax system was paid using valid British currency, just like previous taxes. The primary objective was to assist in the burden of paying for the troops stationed in North America, just right after British success in the famous global military conflict, the Seven Year’s War. Because the British government strongly believed that the colonies were those who benefitted the most from the war, they should play their part by paying a portion of the expenses.