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  • Sugar Act of 1764, Goerge Grenville the British prime minister needed money after the French Indian war, so he increased the taxes on sugar. The colonists refused to pay the new tax, and started smuggling sugar. Grenville was forced to reduce the tax to stop the smuggling.
  • Stamp Act of 1764. Britian needed money after the French Indian war, so the stamp act was made, saying that paper for virtually anything had to imported form london, where there was already a steep tax on paper, increasing the price everywhere else. there was almost immeadiate opposition because there was no representative for the colonies when the act was passed. The Stamp Act was repealed the next year in the Colonies only.
  • Townshed Acts of 1767. Actually composed of five different acts, the Townshed Acts were taxes on things imported from Britain like glass, tea, and paper. They were made to help balance Britains budget after the French Indian war. The colonists resisted the taxes only after a publication by John Dickinson. Most of the taxes were repealed, but the tax on tea was kept both for revenue and to remind the colonists of who was in charge.
  • Quartering Act of 1765-1774. The colonists had to provide food, firewood, candles, cooking utencils, and a place to sleep for British soldiers. this was made as a sort of punishment after the Boston Tea Party, though it was said to be repayment for their protection. This was against the 1689 bill of rights, there was not supposed to be a standing army in the colonies, the war was over, and they were paying more than necessary.
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