Acts Of Defiance In America

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{text:bookmark-start} Acts of Defiance {text:bookmark-end} How many times must the British ask for more money? It seems that every time the Colonists turned around there Mother country of England was imposing more taxes in some way or another. Not only did they impose taxes they imposed more military rule which further angered the colonists. As more and more restrictions were set upon the new world, the colonists struggled for an even medium, eventually separating all together from British rule with the Declaration of Independence. We will discuss some of the various acts that helped America formulate discourse for the British. The Sugar Act of 1764 was initiated by Parliament. Parliament thought that colonists should pay for debt occurred…show more content…
The colonists were required to pay for a stamp or seal to go on any piece of paper goods bought. These “stamps” included legal documents, licenses, newspapers, pamphlets, college diplomas and even playing cards {text:bookmark-start} (Mintz, 2007) {text:bookmark-end} . This act was imposed internally on property, government services, and goods within the colonies. Within different avenues colonists spoke out! They boycotted or refused to buy the stamps. Two of the opponents, Samuel Adams and James Otis started the cry heard throughout the America’s, “Taxation without representation.” Basically they were trying to say that Parliament was making and enforcing laws without anyone from America present to give there input on the matters at hand. With the Americans making the boycott harder for British merchants to succeed within their own country, they cried out to Parliament. Parliament once again came up with another tax for the colonies {text:bookmark-start} {text:bookmark-start} (Boyer et al., 2008, chap. 5) {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-end}…show more content…
While the Tea Act did not impose any new taxes, it was supposed to subsidize the East India Company which was in financial ruin do to the eighteen million pounds of tea that was left unsold to the colonists due to the previous Acts imposed on colonial America. Basically this Act was to have the tea shipped directly to the colonies at a bargain price without the use of local merchants. Hence this further angered the colonists. When the ships came from Britain, the colonists in Philadelphia and New York turned the ships back. The Boston Royal Governor held the ships in port as he was stubborn. The colonists would not allow the ships to unload leading to the harbor filling up with tea. This led to the Boston Tea Party. While thousand of onlookers watched, twelve men dressed as Mohawk Indians, armed with tomahawks, preceded to dismantle forty-five thousand pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor- hurting no one. {text:bookmark-start} (Boyer et al., 2008, chap. 5) {text:bookmark-end}
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