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Britain Begins Taxing the Colonies: The Sugar & Stamp Acts

In May 1763, colonial Britons celebrated their country’s victory over France in the Seven Year War. One year later, they attacked British plans to tax them to pay for their own defense. Was this a reasonable and legitimate exercise of British authority, or was it tyranny?

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Anger and Opposition to the Stamp Act

When news of the Stamp Act reached Bostonians in spring of 1765, they opposed the new tax on paper documents. Reacting through the written word and physical violence, Bostonians played a significant role in the repeal of the Stamp Act before it came in effect.