On March 18, 1766, the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act imposed a tax directed at people living in the British colonies in North America. Colonists had to pay a tax on stamps to put on all their important documents and printed material. The money was used to pay for a British army in the United States. The colonists were very angry about this new tax, calling it "taxation without representation."

The repeal of the hated Stamp Tax was an important victory for American colonists. It helped them gain a degree of independence from the United Kingdom. Ten years later, colonists defeated the British in the American War of Independence, forming a new nation, the United States of America.

army
Noun

military land forces.

colony
Noun

people and land separated by distance or culture from the government that controls them.

independence
Noun

state or situation of being free.

Noun

political unit made of people who share a common territory.

parliament
Noun

legislature, usually a democratic government's decision-making body.

repeal
Verb

to overturn or reject something that was once guaranteed.

representation
Noun

symbol of something.

tax
Noun

money or goods citizens provide to government in return for public services such as military protection.

United Kingdom
Noun

nation made of the countries of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.