Stamp Act (1765) 18 words

The Stamp Act was an act passed by the British Parliament in 1765 in order to collect revenue in the American colonies. The act upset many colonists, since it was passed without the colonists' consent and thus there were widespread protests. The protests were so effective that the tax was never collected in any meaningful way.

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This list is based on the introductory paragraph, which explains the taxes.

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