Stamp Act of 1765

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Stamp Act of 1765

 

a law on taxation (“stamp tax”) in the British colonies in North America that was enacted by the British Parliament in 1765. A tax was levied on marriage documents, commercial transactions, official papers, printed publications, and so on. The intercolonial congress, which was held in New York in October 1765, declared the decision of the British Parliament illegal, since the colonists did not have their own representatives in the Parliament. The struggle of the colonists, particularly the boycott of British goods, forced the British government to repeal the Stamp Act in 1766.