Enacted in 1765, the Stamp Act required all citizens to buy an expensive stamp whenever they purchased paper products.
Enacted in 1767, the Townshend Acts taxed goods like paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea in order to generate more revenue for the British. These acts also permitted British soldiers to search homes for smuggled goods.
Enacted in 1773, the Tea Act forced the colonists to buy only British tea. In rebellion of this act, the colonists, dressed up as Native Americans, raided British ships and destroyed all the tea. This event is known as the Boston Tea Party.