Did you know that the Stamp Act of 1765 came into effect? The Stamp Act required many printed materials in the Thirteen North American Colonies to be produced using special stamped and taxed paper from London. Some of those materials included: magazines, newspapers, playing cards, and legal documents. The British government established the tax without discussing it with the colonists. This angered the colonists; one of their slogans was “No taxation without representation”. The Stamp Act and other unfair taxes were one of the reasons for the American Revolution.
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In addition to the high financial cost of winning the Seven Year’s War, the end of the Seven Year’s War left many surplus British officers and soldiers. Many of those officers were well-connected to parliament, so Parliament was reluctant to demobilize the army. At the same time, they could not keep a standing army of 10,000 soldiers on home soil, so the peacetime army was garrisoned in the American Colonies. Maintaining this standing army would cost £225,000 each year (about £30 million today).
The Stamp Act passed 205 – 49 in the House of Commons and unanimously in the House of Lords.
The Stamp Act lead to protests in the streets in the Colonies. Some colonists refused to pay the tax. Other colonists intimidated and terrorized those who worked to collect the tax. The Stamp Act was eventually repealed.