Monday, March 21, 2011

This Week in History 3-21-11

Stamp Act imposed on American colonies

March 22, 1765, the British government imposed the Stamp Act on the colonies of British America in order to raise money to pay off debts and fund expenses of defending new territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War. The Stamp Act was a direct tax upon printed materials such as legal documents, newspapers, magazines, and other types of paper used. Following the Sugar Act (1764), Currency Act (1764), and Quatering Act (1765), the Stamp Act provoked protests throughout the colonies. October, 1765, nine of thirteen colonies sent representatives to the Stamp Act Congress, where the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances” was drafted. The Stamp Act was abolished the following year.

To learn more about Stamp Act please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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