Taxes in the Colonies

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  • The British also had large debts from the French and Indian War. The king and Parliament felt the colonists should pay part of these costs, so the British government issued new taxes on the colonies. 
  • As a result of our victory, we will collect taxes among you all as we are in debt.
  • That's certainly not fair!
  • How do they have the audacity to do such a thing?!
  • The colonists did not like the new tax laws.
  • Alright, if anyone asks, this never happened...
  • Of course, young man.
  •  To avoid taxes, some colonists resorted to smuggling. This caused British revenues to fall.
  • In 1764 Parliament passed the Sugar Act, which lowered the tax on the molasses the colonists imported. The act also allowed officers to seize goods from accused smugglers without going to court.
  • They're on to us. We must revolt!
  •  Protesters burned effigies -stuffed figures—made to look like unpopular tax collectors.
  • These taxes are terrible!
  •  In March 1766, Parliament repealed the law. However, it also passed the Declaratory Act, stating that it had the right to tax and make decisions for the British colonies "in all cases."
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