In the 1700's, Great Britain fought France over control of land in North America. Winning the war was costly. Britain's Parliament taxed its 13 colonies to raise money needed to defend them. The Stamp Act meant the colonists had to pay a fee on every item printed on paper.
Great Britain taxes us but gives us no say in Parliament
I can't believe Parliament taxes our newspapers and everything else we read.
Down with the Stamp
Christopher's been shot
More stones flew toward Richardson and Wilmot
Come here. I'm ready for you.
Over the next days and weeks, tensions rose in Boston.
Would you have any work for me, sir?
On March 2, a British solider went to find a job to earn extra money.
The only work I'd have for a lobster is cleaning my boots.
This new law said that only the East India Company of Great Britain could sell tea to the colonies. The colonists could by the tea and pay the tax on it or else not drink the tea. Many boycotted tea.
In 1773, Parliament passed the Tea Act.
And that is how the Boston Tea Party started.
The Stamp Act were taxing things made of paper and the people were not happy so the Stamp Act decided to put taxes on tea not paper.
But I have a plan we could buy the tea and dress up as Indians and dump the tea in the ocean
Great news colonists NO MORE TAXES ON PAPER BUT The Stamp Act decided that if the British was selling tea to us they could put taxes on TEA!