American Revolution - Declaratory Act of 1766

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Declaratory Act of 1766
At the time that the Stamp act was repealed, the Declaratory Act was introduced to the colonists. The Act stated that Parliament had complete and total authority over the colonies. It said that Parliament had the power to make laws to govern the colonies, to tax them, and rule the colonies the same way as England. When the colonists found out about the Act, they were outraged.

The Sugar Act
The sugar act was the first act after the French Indian war, which was in place to gain money back after the heavy costs of the French Indian war. Unlike other Acts hence forth the sugar act was strictly enforced. Even though England had obtain new land the American colonist were not able to settle in these new spaces because the British thought that there were too many natural resources. They British did not want the Americas to become to rich.

The Stamp Act.
Parliament levied a tax on legal and commercial documents as well as printed material such as newspapers and pamphlets, all of which had to carry a special stamp. If your document did not have the special stamp you could be fined or jailed. The money collected went directly to England.

The Townshend Acts.
The British government still needed money from the colonist. Because the colonists were upset of the stamp act, they sent Benjamin Franklin to plead their case. He told Parliament that the colonists opposed it because it was an internal but would accept external tax. The British then placed a tax on lead, glass, paper, paint, and tea. This enraged colonist, so intern they did not buy British imports.

Sam Adams and the Boston Massacre.
Advertised that British Red coats unlawfully attacked and killed innocent Americans. This only added to the hatred to the British who were being taunted for months this was know as "The Boston Massacre."
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