What items did the Stamp Act and Sugar Act tax?

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What items did the Stamp Act and Sugar Act tax?

The Act set a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies which impacted the manufacture of rum in New England. The Sugar Act also taxed additional foreign goods including wines, coffee, cambric and printed calico. Timber and iron were included in the products that could be traded only with England.

Q. What did the 1765 Stamp Act tax?

Specifically, the act required that, starting in the fall of 1765, legal documents and printed materials must bear a tax stamp provided by commissioned distributors who would collect the tax in exchange for the stamp. The law applied to wills, deeds, newspapers, pamphlets and even playing cards and dice.

Q. What types of items were taxed as part of the Stamp Act?

The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice. Though the Stamp Act employed a strategy that was a common fundraising vehicle in England, it stirred a storm of protest in the colonies.

Q. What items were affected by the Stamp Act?

List of items that were affected by the Stamp Act: Legal documents, ship’s papers, wills, licenses, newspapers, pamphlets, advertisement, bills of sale, almanacs, calendars, any kind of declarations, pleas to courts, donations, inventory, testimonials, diplomas and certificates of university, college, seminary or …

Q. What percent was the stamp tax?

17 percent
This was a time-honored liberty of representative legislatures of the colonial governments. The passage of the Stamp Act meant that starting on November 1, 1765, the colonists would contribute £60,000 per year—17 percent of the total cost—to the upkeep of the ten thousand British soldiers in North America ((Figure)).

Q. Why did the colonists react more to the Stamp Act than the Sugar Act?

Most colonists were used to having to pay some sort of tax on certain items. The Stamp Act took things even further and, as the question suggests, elicited a very strong reaction from the colonists. As a tax on anything printed, colonists saw this as putting a price tag on free speech and any form of official business.

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