Raise taxes on the colonists
Increase the lands available for settling
Prevent war with Indians and the French
Limit the colonists ability to expand into the West
To recover the costs of defending and building the colonies
To reduce taxes in England
To generate funds for the colonists to pay for their own defense
The Tea Tax of 1735
The Molasses Act of 1762
The Sugar Act of 1764
The Ipod Act of 2008
It would destroy their business with more taxes
It represented "Taxation without Representaiton" or the idea that taxes should be agreed upon by the people who must pay them.
It showed how the Colonists felt oppressed by their mother Country, England.
It caused the colonists to hold town meetings and protest.
Declared paper bills of credit in the colonies as not legal tender (money)"
Outlawed all types of money
Required all credit to be through colonists banks
Created colonists own form of currency
Required everything to be split 4 ways in trade
Required British troops to pay for their own housing (quarters).
Required colonies to provide royal troops with provisions and barracks.
Required colonists to serve in the British Army
In response the people formed the "Sons of Liberty" -- secret organizations formed to protest the Stamp Act
It aroused the hostility of the most powerful and articulate groups in the American population: journalists, lawyers, clergymen, merchants and businessmen
From Massachusetts to South Carolina, mobs, forced luckless customs agents to resign their offices and destroyed their stamps.
It started more meetings in legislative bodies regarding taxation without a representative from the colonies involved.