This depiction of colonists burning news of the Stamp Act was created in 1903, more than a hundred years after the event.

Illustration courtesy the Library of Congress

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  • On March 18, 1766, the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act.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.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    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.

    nation Noun

    political unit made of people who share a common territory.

    Encyclopedic Entry: nation
    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.