British vs. Colonist
The Stamp Act was one of the various acts that the British put in place for the colonist in order to pay for the seven years war, also known as the French and Indian war. The Stamp Act placed taxes on legal documents, magizines, playing cards, newspapers, and other types of papers used throughout the colony. Like previous taxes, the stamps were to be paid in valid British currency and not in colonial paper money.
The colonist refused to follow the act because they had felt it was a violation of their as English men to be taxed without their consent. The protest had began with petitions, refusal to pay the tax, and eventually the damaging of property and harassment to officials. The colonist had frightened tax collectors with violence, followed with business owners refusing to buy stamps. The First Continental Congress the representatives has determined that they will boycott Britain until the a Intolerable Acts are repealed. At the Second Continental Congress the colonies had declared to boycott Britain. The importance of the Stamp act was was that it played a major role in defining the grievances and enabling the organized colonial resistance that led to the American Revolution.