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America: Revenue 1765 Newspaper and Pamphlet One Penny. A proof sheet of 26, showing the registration certificate. Unique thus.

America: Revenue 1765 Newspaper and Pamphlet One Penny. A proof sheet of 26, showing the registration certificate. Unique thus.

Medium: Plate proof

Date: 1765

Shelfmark: Board of Inland Revenue Stamping Department Archive

Item number: 1

Genre: Philatelic item

These tax stamps were issued as a result of Stamp Act 1765 to contribute towards the costs of defending the American Colonies from the French.

The tax was mainly of legal documents, licences, newspapers, pamphlets and almanacks in the thirteen Colonies, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Florida, the Bahamas and the West Indian Islands.

Opposition to the tax was swift, protest meetings were held, major rioting took place and the cry of no taxation without representation was made.

So unpopular was the tax that it was abandoned some months later, but relations with the American Colonies had been greatly damaged and this contributed to the background of the War of Independence in 1775.

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